Alpaca & Muscovy

Thank you to all Mums

Who makes your Christmas Cake? Your Christmas pudding? Treasure your Mums and a big thank you to mine too..

but I did cook the Turkey – thank you to the Farmers raising them too..

and guess who forgot to buy streaky bacon?

Merry Christmas from all at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

As farming folk we are always up early. This morning the sunrise was a sight for sore eyes (watching midnight mass sore eyes) and today is a day to celebrate.

With my phone pinging from 6 am with good wishes from my friends and family and clients, I can only consider myself and our family lucky and count our blessings.

Merry Christmas with love to all (yes, Mums made, thank you) wherever you are, alone or with friends and family – stay safe..

Its beginning to look.. at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Festive cheer everywhere and yet with beautiful blue sky also time to reflect perhaps upon not only these past days dreadful rain – there will be many flooded now yet again – but also at the madness of the past week. With family booked to come, now unable to visit and the Cotswolds shortly to go into Tier 3 from Tier 2, there is much ahead not to look forward to.

But tonight and tomorrow, whomever you are and wherever you are, try to stay positive and know that you are loved. Christmas trees, lights, presents, films and even music may be the “norm” for the next few days

but Love is really all around for all of us if you stop, take a breath and realise it. Jingle your bells today by all means but love is out there in Nature and in your hearts for your friends, family and more important to send is perhaps Virtual hugs to everyone .. from all at Kensmyth



Alpaca Husbandry at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Well I always wondered why it was called “Husbandry” and then it dawned on me.. get your Husband to carry the Husbandry box .. lol

Unfortunately mine broke so I stole my horse grooming kit box for this young lady who recognises it instantly.. guess what I am getting for Christmas!


Stay Calm and Carry on.. brushing a Llama at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Sometimes Life just gets in the way and Christmas approaching is no exception. However anyone can make head or tail of the Christmas Covid Tier 5 day rules is beyond me.. the shops have gone crazy, total apathy in view of the “lessening of rules” and I simply do not know how the NHS are going to cope with the additional vaccinating to be frank.

In a crazy 2020 where we need to protect the NHS from overload – umpteen thousand vaccinations need doing on top of the escalating Covid patients and as stated previously, the complications Brexit will bring for imported stock which will inevitably include general medicines as well as the vaccinations ..

my simple answer to all this chaos is.. 

If all else fails : Go brush a Llama – you will feel so much better afterwards and they love it!

UK Tree Planting for the Environment and future at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

we have always done our bit for the Environment here at Clay Meadow and planted over 120 fruit trees, 60 native trees, 400 metres of hawthorn and blackthorn hedge and 30 field maples since our arrival here in 2012!

However, to further add to our environmentally friendly farm and join those planting in 2020 – we added another 6 trees and a further 60 metres of blackthorn and Hawthorn hedge for good measure – well hubby planted to be honest – bless!