Alpaca Plan B

Posted By On May 2013 | 2 Comments

All’s quite on the alpaca front, apart from like most other alpaca breeders we are on a countdown to shearing day.

This is when we especially need the weather to be good, dry alpacas are essential for shearing.

I’m spending so much time checking the forecast on line, it’s beginning to feel like I have an addiction πŸ™‚

This morning at the moment, keeping fingers and toes crossed, looks to be the last of the rain until after our shearing day, which if ...

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Alpaca Team Are Go!

Posted By On May 2013 | 0 Comments

Alpaca farmer to the rescue da da dah!

Can you picture me in my wonder woman costume, cardboard knickers and all?

I know don’t go there πŸ™‚

Cardboard knickers! You have to be at least my age to remember that TV series.

Actually it was more like yard shoes and a snatched sweat shirt, probably for the best wouldn’t want to frighten the natives, but I did sort of fly out the door at 10.30pm on Sunday evening.

Now I know your just itching to ...

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More Elite Alpaca Fleece Shots

Posted By On May 2013 | 5 Comments

What gorgeous weather on a bank holiday weekend too, wonders will never cease. Not to miss out on a photo opportunity I hot footed it out to the alpaca paddocks camera in hand.

Time to practice fleece shots on the boys πŸ™‚

From the results, I’m not sure I’m getting any better at it, but at least more of them were in focus this time and there were a lot less pictures of the floor, the sky and my manky looking hands ...

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Hasta La Vista Baby!

Posted By On May 2013 | 2 Comments

I’m afraid it looks like the creeping buttercups are winning, the alpaca paddocks are gradually turning yellow. Much as I enjoyed chopping the little blighters up with the lawn mower the following morning the blasted yellow weeds were waving their pretty little heads once again.

What a pain! and it is a pain because not only are buttercups quite toxic, they also over take the grass, my alpacas grass!

Those buttercups are on borrowed time, as soon as the wind drops they ...

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Alpaca Retirement?

Posted By On May 2013 | 0 Comments

Our latest arrival to our alpaca herd Wilson, is a lively little lad and is very happily running Dora ragged. Poetic justice I call that as she runs me ragged at every opportunity, I think I’m going to especially love this little boy, keep up the good work Wilson πŸ™‚

Joking aside, I really am pleased as her last cria Benson had a bit of a rough start. For some unknown reason Dora’s milk diminished considerably after a day, following his ...

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Mice & Men

Posted By On May 2013 | 2 Comments

Yesterday I had lots planned, first on the list was trying to improve on the alpaca fleece shots. Some of the boys this time I thought, hoping they wouldn’t be quite so wiggly as the girls.

That job could take a while, dependent on how tolerant the boys were feeling and so for afterwards I thought mowing the doc leaves in the horses paddocks would be a great way to relieve my inevitable frustration.

To finish, a spot of painting I thought, ...

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Alpaca Fleece Shots

Posted By On May 2013 | 1 Comments

Well today as the weather was fine, I thought I better make a start on the challenge I set myself, alpaca fleece shots.Β  Armed with my camera I herded a few of the girls down the race to the catch pens ready to begin my photo session. The poor girls I bet they were wishing I could have started with the boys πŸ™‚

Thank god we now have digital cameras and can take numerous pictures, delete them and start again.

Deleting them ...

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Alpacas & Weeds

Posted By On May 2013 | 0 Comments

I just about managed to beat the rain, all the alpaca latrines are now nice and short making it so much easier to poo-hoover. I also cut the creeping buttercup that had started to appear in some of the alpaca paddocks.

I hate weeds how come they grow so much faster than grass? The weather being windy and wet is no good for spraying the fields with weed killer and so I’m left with either looking at them growing taller and ...

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100 th Alpaca Blog

Posted By On May 2013 | 1 Comments

After just logging in to my web site account I find that this will be my 100th alpaca blog post. I can’t believe I’ve written that many already, how time flies when your having fun πŸ™‚

It would be really nice to celebrate this auspicious occasion with a blog full of my latest cria pictures, but unfortunately the pregnant girls haven’t obliged.

So instead I could post pictures of my gorgeous herd enjoying the lush grass and sunshine. Only there’s no sunshine ...

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Favouritism

Posted By On May 2013 | 0 Comments

MY happy little alpaca helper, aka my mother is back from her holidays and so we thought we’d have a barbecue today to celebrate her return. So sorry folks that’s set the scene for rain again today πŸ™‚

My mother on her return has promised an imminent birth, as Dora who is in fact my mother’s alpaca, unbeknownΒ to me was under strict instructions not to deliver whilst my mother was away. I’m amazed knowing Dora as I do she’s playing along, ...

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