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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Farmers dont need much sleep…. midnight at Kensmyth

those who are genuine farmers will know we don’t need much sleep, I guess its the inner alarm for the bond between man and animal that develops over the years?

I know I only have to hear a sheep shift uncomfortably in the barn and im awake and the CCTV is on with me ready to dash out in jamas and wellies despite the cold to assist in the lambing… my friends called upon to assist with twins with one retained will stand test to that one LOL

anyway those of you who know me well understand that I am a devout Christian and I always try to relate “songs” to the passing of any Christian soul.

For our dear Liz, I have decided that this is most appropriate to me personally and im sure my family will agree as she was part of our lives since 1970 … I will write an epitaph personally but for now…

How Deep Is Your Love

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I want to feel you in my arms again
And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my savior when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb

 

 

Sad farewell to much loved friend at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I thought this photo taken at dawn was appropriate for such a sad day here at Kensmyth. As I drove to the hospital yet again (don’t go there) I received the sad news that a lady so very much part of my life from childhood had died.

Liz Kermode laughed in our pool at our old farm when she overcame cancer for the first time and laughed with us when she saw our 10 year Celebration Funky Hair Cut Alpaca shearing in the magazine she took called “The Lady” – even keeping the copy for us.

Sadly her cancer came back and this time she lost the fight.

A fantastic Christian lady, kind and always happy giving smiles, laughter and love – gracious with a heart of gold and not a single bad bone in her body. So very much loved by all who met her and knew her.

God bless you Liz for all the happiness you spread throughout your life and we will miss you terribly.

 

Genetics are everything even in Spotted Ponies at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

so proud of our Alpaca genetics which continue to produce stunning fleeces year on year here as we go forward into 2019 but its nice to know that our British Spotted ponies are on the right track too…

does my bum look bigger than mums? Yup!

Kensmyth Kind of Cute – Kinda to her friends should make a stunning spotted Riding Pony to achieve 12hh – 12.2hh but so pleased her Genetic testing came back as positive for carrying the Spot gene!

Kensmyth Alpaca in the sunset at Clay Meadow, Cirencester

Facebook is a funny old thing and I don’t look at it often because I simply do not have the time – but I was looking for info on something recently and looked at the Gloucestershire Camera Club site… imagine my surprise to find this fabulous photo taken upwards with a zoom from the Old Canal Lockhouse path that runs below the hill that is our land of one of our girls enjoying the sunset – Daisy bless!

good shot Stuart McIntyre !

 

Guard dogs at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

I have been discussing Guard Dogs and Guard Alpaca a lot recently. not all dogs and not all Alpaca are cut out for the job and certainly in the Alpaca case they should be adults and castrates or likely to mount the sheep. However, at Kensmyth, we keep all our species separately so don’t have that problem and have excellent Guard animals LOL

Visiting everywhere Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

well we have had some very exciting Visitors to Kensmyth in the week recently and Alpaca Genetics have been the topic of conversation, including Importing new ones – bit of a hint there I think.

Meantime, a visit I was not happy about was as a result of the ongoing issue with the horse kick (not mine) I had back in August 18 and my right leg found me in hospital for X Rays yet again…

        

I have been told it will take a very long time for the injury to heal but is it healing?

Miniature horses at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

well you guessed it – as I knew you would. The latest resident Equine to join Team Kensmyth Equines at our Alpaca farm is this stunning colt miniature horse. yes horse not pony folks.

not much taller than a bale of hay or the dog…

to the right our stunning homebred 2018 seven and a half month colt PONY, to the left the 6.5 month mini HORSE

Thank you to Simon our Farrier for letting me take this photo – if you want to put in perspective how small this colt is, my hands are a small size 7 and these are his tiny hooves…