Sunday 22 November 2015

Hope today, knitting tomorrow

Today saw us at another Christmas Market.  This one was at Hope Nature Centre and was the first time we had been to an event there with the knitting.  Not, however, the first time we have visited as they take a group of lambs each year for visitors to see in the animal park.  They also have our two original alpacas Dobby and Caedmon (although I think Caedmon has a different name now!). It is a great place to visit and was set up to provide work placements for young adults with learning difficulties.
Anyway, it was a lovely, if bitterly cold, day and I managed to visit the sheep and alpacas - good to see them all again.
The photo shows when I was setting up so I did organise it marginally better by the time it opened!  The new mannequin head was an attraction on it's own as it mesmerised children and one gentleman had to do a double take as he thought it was real!  Thank you to GHN for sourcing it for me!  We sold well and I also came away with three orders.  This is good but I somehow have to fill the orders and knit more for next weekend as we are low yet again.  I am going to crawl round to the Flower Lady next week as see if I can tempt her into taking on a hat as one she made was so popular it has been requested again!

Saturday 21 November 2015

Christmas Markets begin

It is very cold here - we knew it was coming but it is still a bit of a shock when the wind bites through you on the hill!

This morning we took the knitting to a lovely Christmas Market which was, thankfully, inside.  We sold more than I expected so I am rushing to finish another scarf for the next market which is tomorrow!  Looking forward to that one - Hope Nature Centre where two of our alpacas went and they also have five of this year's lambs.

When we got back from the market today we managed to fit in a quick bit of halter training after checking on a limping lamb.

Slow going as I have ended up with only one small halter!
Back to knitting now!

Tuesday 17 November 2015

In summary . .

Very windy
Very wet
Tumble dryer on overdrive
Kitchen a mess of tools and mud
Alpacas filthy

Sheep gone crazy and leaping around like lambs

Not much more to say really!!

Thursday 12 November 2015

Life in Leigh

Well, I have to mention the rain.  It is not that it is raining all the time but it feels like it wants to which is almost as bad.  It is also far too warm for the time of year.  Now I have mentioned weather I will not refer to it again!

Although weather may have been the reason why one morning last week I opened the back door to find a young ram standing on the path looking longingly at the cat flap - by the time I had found my boots from amongst the chaos which is the kitchen, he had gone and was no where to be found - not one of mine! 
Alpacas are all doing well but halter training with the cria has stumbled to a halt due to that thing I will not mention again.  Their weaning paddock is ready for them although they have a while yet with their Mum's.
We parked the stock trailer in their paddock after it was thoroughly cleaned and several girls decided to move in so I have added some hay and left it as a temporary shelter whilst the weather is so wet.

Carl was on holiday last week and we planned a lot of work on the kitchen - it was slow to dawn on me that Carl had not been actually listening to me whilst I was planning so, although some progress has been made, there is still a long way to go.   Carl seems to have spent more time creating a tool storage unit which I fear he thinks may be permanent!  He has spent most of this evening with the Tractor boys discussing the advantages of an in kitchen tool storage area amongst other things!

He is forgiven though as he did give me a lovely anniversary present - a meal out and a four legged present.  The meal out was a McDonald's Drive-Thru so no need to dress up there but the four legged present was a big hit - a Dorper Ewe!  We actually ended up with three as I chose one and then he wanted a different one and then we both thought, "What the eck!" and got a third.  They are with the ram at the moment but will be here soon.

Leaf, my Southdown Ram, is now settled in with his new friends having quickly completed mating the ewes - not tht long and it will be time to sort all the lambig equipment again.  81 lambs last year but shouldn't be quite as many next year.

Knitting has been a bit manic but I am now almost up to finishing off stage ready for our first Christmas Market which will be at Hope Nature Centre not this weekend but the one after.  Really looking forward to that! 

Sadly, it looks very unlikely that one of the felt hats will make it as they are still some way from acceptable (light years away actually!)

Tuesday 3 November 2015

kitchens and alpacas

We are in the middle of doing up the kitchen and it is slow going despite Carl having the week off.   The problem is there are so many other things that need doing and that are far more important!  I may be living in a tip for the foreseeable future.

The weekend saw most of the alpacas getting their vitamin D for the winter.  I have a few more to go but am having the usual problem with getting hold of vitamin D.

Halter training continues and, as usual - there are the good ones

and there are the not so good ones.  Slinky's little girl grunts and grumbles throughout!

Next job is to attack Harry's fringe as he is beginning not to see out too well!

Sheep are all doing well and the ram is now out and settled with his little group of boys.  The girls are all up in third field and charge down when they hear me coming.  Best Scottie really wants to follow me around all the time.
Tomorrow we are having a day off from everything an going out!