Alpaca & Muscovy

Helen Kendall Smith

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?

haybales

 

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…

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

 

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Cirencester Market December 2014

Cirencester Historic Corn Hall Market Crafts Stalls…

Well first you pack the car in the early hours…

cirencestr market packing in the night

then you arrive to the empty beautiful hall and start setting up your wares…

market empty 1

and the halls start filling…

cirencester market 2

and you set up your own stall…

cirencester stand 1

and then start selling…

 

poncho front cirencester market

fab…

poncho back

Angus Trip to Peru

wow – has it been so long since I blogged!??

Time flies when you are just sooo busy. We have had streams of delighted visitors, been tending the grounds, husbandry vaccinations and toenails, barning in wet weather with inevitable mucking out … and I had a day off too…

well if you consider packing the car at 10pm and leaving to set up a stall at 6.45 am and on your feet all day then unpacking a day off, of course! more on that another blog! Yes – its marketing winter Kensmyth products time!!

meantime, Kensmyth were delighted to meet Angus who lives in South Cerney and introduce him to our friendly Alpaca. Our Alpaca are not small Angus – you are very tall!!

A very enterprising young individual who we were delighted to meet and sponsor for his trip to Peru. We always try to help locally where we can, just as others help us too.

you can see more about Angus at : http://angusexploring.weebly.com/blog-and-fundraising

meantime, here he was at Kensmyth…

 

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and Angus receiving his cheque towards his trip…

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back soon

Christmas lights and alpaca

November is galloping by in a whirr of hay rack cleaning, field rotation, mucking out and dare I say it … sticky clay mud. Well it is Clay Meadow after all but it seems only a few minutes ago we were seeing cracks in the ground due to the dry weather and now it is sticky mud.

To emphasise this fact, one of the Alpaca decided to demonstrate this admirably earlier in the rain today for me…

muddy alpaca

and I have finally bought my first Christmas present. Regular Blog readers will know I am usually very organised but alas not this year.

But I did see some very nice original cards in Cirencester Market…

christmas pictures

but when do we put the Christmas lights up?

Raymond Fenton Memorial Concert Cirencester

A rare night off indeed with hubby and one lanky legged teenager running the farm, Mitchell and I were delighted to attend the Raymond Fenton memorial Concert in Cirencester Church last night.

With “choral and instrumental works by Faure, Bach, Poulenc and Ridout” – The music was outstandingly performed, the programme involving the audience as the individual pieces unfolded.

Music played on the Flute, Organ, Cello, Violin and Piano uplifted the Cirencester Parish Church and every one was  just outstanding.

Katharine’s rendition of the story of Ferdinand the bull,  will stay in my memory forever.

It was lovely to chat with our friends from South Cerney.

Closing with Richard Lester’s superb Organ playing, we all sang “Jerusalem.”

Just fantastic – what a superb memory of a great individual and monies raised to the British Lung Foundation & Spinal Injuries Association.

 

lanes around the farm at Kensmyth

Someone asked me how we did the lanes around the farm here at Kensmyth… simples they are set 8 – 10ft apart so that each group of Alpaca can be separate from another. makes weaning less traumatic for the cria and biosecurity fab!

lanes around the farm