Alpaca & Muscovy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 to all our friends, clients and country!

well, it is Christmas Eve and we are finally ready. Bit of a hectic week as usual and hubby having operation today made life unusually hectic too.

Now, before we wish all our friends, clients and everyone the very best  – can you guess what I bought hubby for Christmas?

nuclear warhead

no – not a nuclear warhead… but all will be revealed soonest


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015


Nguni boots – all I want for Christmas -thank you Dad

Nguni boots? well there is a tale to be told there. Regular readers will recall that we had a stand this year at Newbury Show for two days selling our Alpaca garments and launching the new Alpaca products.

Well, opposite us diagonally was a fab stand selling Nguni boots. I did not manage to have time to visit to buy some and to be frank, it slipped my mind thereafter.

Imagine my surprise when in the Gun Shop in Cirencester a short while later, I met up with Sarah and Simon the owners of the Company!

They loved their visit to Kensmyth Stud and my Dad bought me a pair of Nguni boots for Christmas – thanks Dad!

Really warm and whacky too. see for yourself…

nguni boots 2


nguni boots 1

nguni boots 3

nguni web

Alpaca husbandry in the wet

Time and Tide wait for no man… and I have not bought a stitch of food for the big day yet – that’s farming for you!

Busy busy and with the fields so wet, the entire herd has had several nights in already (in separate groups) to give their feet a chance to harden. Wet wet consistently and wet on the back is not a good recipe when temperatures fall or the wind gets up. We hit some gusts of 70 miles per hour a few days ago and I could barely walk up the hill with buckets of feed it was that blowy. Great for drying out my hair and the fleeces though!

ADE vitamin jabs to the entire herd is our policy and it is very time consuming. Each Alpaca is thoroughly checked, body scored then weighed before injecting. Toenails are also checked or trimmed at this point too. Why do I bodyscore and then weight too? I like to know I am correct in my assessments when bodyscoring without weighing … by checking my assessment against a weighing machine I know how accurate I am. After 7 years of breeding Alpaca, the odd cria or nursing mother who is a little aged can still keep you on your toes you know!

Weaning is now top of the list for some as the cria have grown on so well.

Cirencester Corn Hall Exchange Marketing Alpaca

Well, Christmas is galloping my way and I am not sure I am going to catch it! Too many wet early mornings and very late check rounds and I succumbed to the dreaded cough lurgy cold for a while. Once clear – no need to share everything – I was off selling again at the Corn Hall Exchange in the Historic Town of Cirencester. Very pretty rooms and packing late at night on Friday for a 7 am unload makes it a long day. How exciting though – it only takes me an hour to set up the stall now. Far less to take down as I sold so much but more on that later… meantime the “set up”

another room, another hall…

cornhall setting up one

and where do we start…

cornhall setting up two

and then we are on our way to making a stand look nice…

cornhall setting up three

and folk are setting up round me too as it starts to take shape…

cornhall setting up four

and it is all coming together on two tables

cornhall setting up five

and the “front interest” takes shape…

cornhall setting up sixa


and finally a little bit of Christmas sparkle and we have a Kensmyth Alpaca stand!

cornhall setting up six

Christmas tree at Kensmyth

Christmas is sort of happening ahead of me this year and I am just about keeping up!

I managed to get the tree outside and it looks fab – well I think so.

christmas tree


and a fantastic day at Cirencester Corn Hall today – back soonest

shanks pony

wow how did that happen? December well on its way and hay rounds imperative…

someone asked me recently how I get my hay to the Alpaca… well my answer was “shanks pony”… can you guess?



and is rejected by many and fallen upon by some…


hay bales 2

hedgerows full – hard winter ahead!

busy with farm planning for the future and next year is going to be just so exciting. love the cold, hate the wet…

meantime some practical winter jobs needed…

hedge trimming

hedge trimming

lovely colours in the hedgerows…

red rosehip


and getting ready in the outdoor shelters for the mud that will surely come… rubber mats!!


rubber mats

Alpaca winter scarf collection December 2014

well crazy busy here as usual. whole herd check, toenails, weighing and fleece inspection took two whole days when doing it yourself! Really pleased with the results and I am seriously considering breaking out and entering four for the National next year!

The dry spell is helping the squishy mud dry out and the frost due tonight hardens the ground for moving hurdles around.

shame about the water freezing though…

meantime more of the Autumn cheer in our new collections…




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Alpaca Winter collection 2014

December 1st wow – so much has happened recently… its been very busy as usual. We have had many clients and visitors but we have also been preparing the Alpaca Winter Collection and taking shots from a variety of different locations on site.

That’s photos and there are some really fun times when you have models to work with instead of mannequins…

introducing the slouch beanie in its natural habitat…



well – that’s versatile warm and durable Alpaca for you…