Alpaca & Muscovy

Monthly Archives: October 2022

Terra Terra T Bone Steak, Mary at Hampstead Theatre & the M4 diversions

I would like to know who decided to close Juntion 5/6 on the M4 at the same time as having major roadworks on the Great Western Way? How to make Tourists stay away from London?

It took 3 hours and 45 minutes to do a two hour journey.. a quick walk to Terra Terra restaurant where they charge £88 for a T Bone Steak – NO I am not kidding you and a quick walk to Hampstead Theatre to watch Mary.

Least said about that the better is all I can say, I have never seen a performance with only 3 Actors and where one forgot his lines so much!

Lovely to catch up with folks though.

The vegan pizza was quite frankly boring and a rip off..

The Sea Bass was disappointingly small for an adult dish – nothing else with it!

The Mango panna cotta was in a pot only half full..

and the Vegetarion Chocolate mousse was a splodge of dark chocolate, runny with a gritty texture of coconut – yuk!

I am sure Terra Terra in Swiss Cottage will have its keen followers but I would not go back!

Fencing – Clipex or traditional at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

We have been looking at fencing here at Kensmyth. It is always a debate – X fence and post and rail or the latest modern technology. Clipex is a contender but somehow we feel that aesthetically it just would not suit here.  How do you put in gates with Clipex and would it move in the clay soil that hardens in heatwaves and softens in winter? So back to post and rail and X fence.. well done guys!

Eating better for less at Kensmyth Alpaca in the Cotswolds

With the financial situation as it is, I have had many chats with folk who are Vegan, Vegetarian, Diabetic, Lactulose intolerant, pretty much you name it! Many have said that tinned goods with oil is really good for you and better than all the packeted foods, so we have been giving it a go.


Not for everyone is a Marmite drink at lunchtime or tinned Mackeral but the protein does really fill you up.

Peanut butter no salt, no sugar and no palm oil is pretty amazing on Ryvita too..


Fresh fruit into Skyr high protein yoghurt is amazing..

My kingdom for a barn at Kensmyth Alpaca in the Cotswolds

We have been lucky with the weather so far and the first of the new buildings is going up ready to take the livestock in what we predict will be a harsh winter. It has to be following that Summer and we had snow in February and March last year as well as a heatwave!

now the machine below is one I would like to keep!

Bourton-on-the-water in the Cotswolds – Fracking? I hope not

A rare day out with family and it found us at the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-water. So many beautiful Cotswold stone houses, little shops and streets with the water running by – such a pity it is on the list for Fracking..

lovely day to get out the Morgan though – and yes, I had permission to take this photo..