Firstly from all at Honeyfield Alpacas we would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year. Maybe with the way the weathers been lately I should add dry in there somewhere 🙂
My News Years resolution is to get back to writing my blogs, throughout 2015 I was decidedly slacking in this area, so slapped wrists for me 🙂
2015 was just so busy & time flew so fast, as it’s does as we get older, maybe a very condensed recap of last year is in order.
2015 began very sadly, a year ago today I lost my best friend Charlie. Charlie was my horse, an Anglo-Arab gelding. He was such a special little man and the farm isn’t, nor ever will be the same without him.
Fortunately time softens the blows and we move on, with a growing herd of Alpacas to keep me busy how could it not 🙂
The next memorable event was our little girl Honeyfield Simply Sizzling leaving home with her field-mate Honeyfield Cassandra. The two youngsters, nearly a year on, are well settled in their new home in Ireland with Roger & Elaine of Amberely Alpacas and we are so pleased to report the girls are living up to all our expectations of them.
Sizzle did us proud by winning Supreme Champion in Ireland at her first halter show for Amberely and later in the year she took reserve Supreme, plus Best of British at the biggest fleece show in Europe the Heart of England Fleece Show.
I think the next highlight if you could call it that, the consensus is out until it’s aired 🙂 was a BBC film crew filming here on the farm, for the day. The program they were filming for is yet to be aired and so I’ll update with all that information as soon as I know more.
This next was the big one, and that was to finally achieve consent to build our permanent home. We still haven’t started the build yet but hopefully 2016 will see that dream ripen into fruition.
The rest of the summer was taken over by launching our new website and of course the best bit of being an alpaca farmer, birthing. We had some beautiful cria born this year and they are growing out very, very nicely.
The year ended with my studio being almost completed & covering the whole farm with cctv camera’s.
The camera’s are great and I don’t know how I managed without them. The most exciting part is their coverage of the birthing paddock. We can now offer those clients that still have their pregnant females with us on agistment, live footage of their cria being born, their first steps etc… how amazing will that be 🙂
I’ll leave you with a short clip from the camera’s taken this morning & yes that’s the sun making a short appearance 🙂
Roll on 2016 and all that it brings, please let it be sunshine 🙂