Alpaca & Muscovy

Crazy Wind burn and Punctures at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I love my car. She is nearly 34 years old and I have done over 270 kilometres in her – she is an old Landcruiser import. Every year she has more parts replaced due to age (im sure I will get like that soon) and a lot of welding but she never lets me down..

On a windy day where I ended up with windburnt lips (ouch) as a result, she finally did but I guess its not her fault really.

Glad I had RAC recovery when I got a puncture 3 hours from home and waited 4 hours for them to arrive as I simply could not get the bolts off myself.. happy driving again in her, bless!

Parking metres at Cheltenham not working grrrr

There is nothing worse than not finding a parking space at Cheltenham Hospital when you have an appointment that you really don’t want to go to in the first place.

But worse than that is when the Parking Metres don’t work – nope not a single one! Luckily I arrived early and after witnessing the Parking Police slap tickets on cars, worked out I could pay with my card to the number on the side of the Parking Metre itself by phoning them.

Apparently it registers on the Parking Metre Police hand held machines that you have paid (if you do) – the wonders of modern technology!

Breaking in at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Draught horses grow very slowly and very big and ours are no exception. Our black Grade 1 Filly was four on January the first although technically not 4 until May. So her teething cap removal has been a long slow process but we are there now and she will be broken in then turned away shortly.. so exciting days ahead for all of us

Rainy days and Mondays at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Well I did say we would pay for the mild weather at the end of last year.. I don’t think its over yet though. Storms, rain, wind taking tiles off but the livestock all safe and sound and dry. More than a bit puddly in the fields though and im on my second pair of Aigle boots this winter – they don’t make them to last anymore do they?

Brexit at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

We do not express political opinions here on the blog really, not the time or the place.

so for the Brexit to happen tomorrow I can only say there will be normal, tears and sunshine with many black clouds – but clouds always have silver linings don’t they!

more mud monsters at Kensmyth in January 2020

this is just one of those – um – photos that makes only equine breeders laugh!

a cold bath, a towel dry and a good groom later and we have a black draught again!

Good job Alpaca have super insulating fleece kept dry by being in the barns LOL

Dracula moments at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Well filming has gone full steam ahead this week at Kensmyth, despite the rain and the mud. We have been preparing our latest Alpaca Garments for our online shop and in the final stages of preparation after a hard winter of flying fingers and excitingly soft yarn, I have to say our Spring Collection is something else!

meantime, as getting wet makes me grumpy (that means as a farmer im grumpy nearly all the time LOL) I thought this cheeky little number was absolutely fabulous to drink and marketing fab too..