Alpaca & Muscovy

Helen Kendall Smith

great maxim for parents evening

well my Little darlings are at Cirencester College now – juvenile teenagers and definitely not “young men” as some would have them named!!

At parents evening this week they had a fab sign on the door – so much to their embarrassment out came the camera!!

excuses at the door

breaking ice

well with a long distance to travel on “shanks pony” – for those of you unfamiliar with that term, it means on your own two feet!! the hard frost meant that all of our refilling raised drinkers froze. Simples, fill up from barn non frozen pipe and give every single group a drink! A labour of love but females with cria at foot need water all the time to replenish for the provision of milk. Despite being camelids of course…

frozen water troughs


water containers

Frost what frost?

sooo much going on here I am so far behind on blogging it is untrue – sincere apologies!

We have had some amazing weather in the past week with 25 degrees followed by a frost followed by torrential rain and now just wet!

The pacas were all in the barns on the zero temperatures and so mucking out to the fore but the scene outside whilst they were in was quite beautiful…


and the sunrise that day was stunning….



crock pot weather

Well with Bonfire night tomorrow, the weather is certainly playing its part. We are set for zero tonight and that’s pretty amazing after the soaring temperatures of last week.

Meantime, the lovely orchid purchased by our visitors to say thank you looked fantastic this morning looking out of the window…

orchid shot from window

and its definitely crack out the Crock Pot weather!


ALPACA CUSHIONS – November, November 2014

Well its November and October went out like a lamb with November 1st giving us 6mm plus of rain overnight. here comes the mud and out goes the sunshine?

We do get some lovely Thank You gifts from visitors and we received a lovely Orchid from one group visiting in Half term which is beautiful. We also get some lovely notes and cards from visiting children. With the Activity Packs sold and selling like hot cakes, some of the pictures will be displayed soon but I am so behind on blogging!

meantime, a lovely photo from a client sent to us of the ALPACA CUSHIONS at her home.

scatter cushions


ADE, Halloween and its November!

well we do not do it by halves here do we? Events in half term – more on that another day but with a break from visitors on Saturday it was ADE all the way. second lot to entire herd so far this winter. we appreciate we have had some rare late sunshine but nevertheless the Alpaca need it and especially the cria.

Halloween – we had great fun here at the farm with the visitors during the week doing Halloween early and mine did not escape despite their advancing ages…

halloween 2014


magic mushrooms and robot W H Smiths?

manic here as usual and half term family events very exciting, only one postponed because of the rain – not good showing round an alpaca farm in the rain because one should not open the fleece and they don’t like coming out of the shelters!

well with Halloween just tomorrow, what better subject to try the new iphone 4gs on – than some field mushrooms in the wee early hours with dew on them?

Sure, the iphone 6 is out but my last phone lasted four years and this one should too, well unless they stop doing updates for it that is.

Talking about updates – I went into W H Smiths today to get a new diary. We have so many bookings for next year already and I just do not want to do it on computer. little writing book old fashioned type of person I am – Dinosaur I think they call me!

Anyway, I went to pay for the new diary and the lady told me to put my ten pound note into the machine. It promptly spat it out again prompting me to ask what would happen to my purchase if the cashier were no longer there. Same thing in the bank… no wonder there are so many job losses. Change is good but to lose the human friendly touch is not so good.

Moving on. the iphone. I thought these mushroom and toadstool shots rather good for that time in the morning… no fairies underneath them though!

mushroom1 oct 2014

mushroom 6 oct 2014


mushroom 5 oct 2014


mushroom 3 oct 2014

mushroom 2 oct 2014

I thought they were pretty good for a mobile phone camera!