Alpaca & Muscovy

Helen Kendall Smith

South Cerney Steam Fair August 2nd 2015

Yeah, I am going backwards I know but I had to share these with you before I forgot… August 2nd Steam Fair in South Cerney

… with a CRIA formation ha ha – YES those are my humungous well grown cria!

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… view from the Hot Tub

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and going sideways…

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29 degrees and Alpaca Shady Ladies in South Cerney August 8th 2015

I have so much to catch up on I am a month behind on blogging if not more. However, with the Accu Weather forecast today saying rain and 23 degrees, the reality being no rain and 29 degrees, I had to take these shots of some of the girls and some of the cria in varying fields, getting into the shade!

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the shade of the field shelter and the shelters themselves are critical in all weathers for young and old Alpaca alike.

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some will, some will not but they must have the facility and also water!

 

moving house and paddocks!

I cannot believe that August has snook in and it has been so long since I blogged. so much has been happening, so many changes in the weather, the last of the cria born and Alpaca gone to new homes too!

We have been moving paddocks onto fresh new grass and then flail topping the vacant fields after poovering. now they will be rested until they have new occupants. Weaning is not too far away. so that means Field Shelters moving too…

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and finally our reticent stud boy has come into his own with “looove all around”

… only taken this boy two years to get going and now he wants to use the hot tub for his canoodling – no way!

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so far behind on blogging with the Steam Fair last week end and so much news and so much to do!

rainy days and 30 degrees with South Cerney Beavers

Well my last post hinted at some rather bizarre things and I guess I found it rather bizarre that Beavers can have girls in them but Brownies cannot have boys – how does that work or is it Girl Power at last? Hmmm.

Right then, we welcomed the South Cerney Beavers groups here for the past two weeks in separate groups for their long awaited Alpaca visit. Very polite and energetic they were too. See for yourself…

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their blue hats were donned and water and apples went down well on the hot evenings…

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now mind you take note of the photo of this little chap because his story comes next…

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and I had a lovely thank you card, box of chocolates and Sunflowers too.

please note – full permission received for photos to be on this blog.

portable hot tub from Canadian Spa 2015

it has been ages since I blogged and loads has happened. some good, some bad, some bizarre but that’s Alpaca farming for you. Where do I start?

I guess with the hot weather we have been having and my last blog on keeping cria watered it should be on the Hot Tub we bought at the Cotswold Show. Very little money for so much fun – why should the Alpaca have all the water fights and spraying? Totally portable, light and easy to move with low cost heating it seriously is fun. We enjoyed a couple of hours in it last week end watching the Fairford Air Tattoo Red Arrows fly by!

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The boys (why do they always wear T shirts?) have had fun too…

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well you didn’t really think I would put one of myself up there – too scary! Don’t worry, planning not required and super fun in super weather and easily stored for winter!

So much to catch up on am about a month behind… will have to cherry pick best bits, speaking of which our Fruit trees are really fruiting now and these really are Morello cherries from our own trees…

cherries on tree

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only small amounts but Rome was not built in a day.

Plenty of Alpaca visits – photos soonest – and Alpaca clients – halter training madly and a difficult birth with a leg back… gory photos next time!

Alpaca Spit offs, matings and cria chat

Well we are crazy busy as usual and so many cria it is really great to see them all talking to each other or racing round the paddocks…

CRIA MORNING DISCUSSIONS

it is also great when they can reach the water refillable drinkers! Testament to their mothers Jungle Juice.

speaking of which – they really do seize every opportunity no matter what Mum is doing!

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and we have been busy mating and doing spit offs… introducing the “cuddle”

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and we have only mated one black this year because with the success of our Handmade products, we are looking to dye some exciting colours next year so need more white fleeces. Some of our browns and black girls will be up for sale shortly!

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so watch this space at weaning!

 

Ironman South Cerney and The Royal Oak South Cerney

Well not quite so long this time but still hectic here. What with the IronMan going through South Cerney village today and a visit with “just the two of us” to the Gastro Pub The Royal Oak in South Cerney… what more can I say?

More cria on the ground with a hectic Friday as one girl in each field started pretty much at the same time, no problem I hear you say… but the fields were some 6 acres distant from each other so it was pretty hair raising I can tell you. with the weather on my side, two lovely male cria born respectively one in each field at 8.5kg and 10.5kg respectively… photos another time.

Exciting clients all week and a break with a Local Group visit last Thursday. More and more this week with the Walking Boys earning their keep for sure.

Back with photos soonest. no really I will…

Cotswold Show Sunday 5th July 2015, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Well, with Mitchell on birth watch armed with the birthing box, mobile phone and strict instructions – remember he has held an Alpaca for a breach birth now and is pretty good at spraying navels too… after a military procedure check round and organisation, we managed to visit Cotswold Show on Sunday last. Just 15 minutes up the road for us if we needed to dash back if anything started to happen (don’t forget labour takes many hours) and one we always try to support if we can – such a great feeling to support your local show.

And what a great event it is with something for everyone for every age…

the old steam engines and wood working…

the wooden shute with logs took me right back to my childhood studies in French  of my A level book by Andre Gide “La Porte Étroite” – showing my age already!

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The British Woodworking Association had a Gloucestershire Carving Tuition stand which was amazing…

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and the falconry display in the ring is always a crowd puller…

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and a big Fat Bull with horns is always superb …

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but the machinery section always excels for those with farming interests…

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and plenty for the children to do… in addition to the masses of Fairground attractions, rides and water boat bobbing or inside balls which looked fun…

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and there is the critical blood bank and search and rescue dogs on display, alongside many Charity Stalls which was pocket relieving!

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and the Red Arrows simulator for those aiming high…

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and if the thought of that made you feel old well – here’s a thought…

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and if all this is a bit too much well you could…. cool down…

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or get yourself a cuppa…

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or even have a lie down in one of these….

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well, you didn’t really  think I would be wearing a dress did you???