Alpaca & Muscovy

Helen Kendall Smith

Sure Grow really works in Autumn!



so what happened to the sunshine for the past two days as predicted? hmm, I think weather men/women are either being given a bum steer regarding their equipment … or make it up!

plenty to do reorganising barns for winter and field shelters, the grass has shot up where fertilised which is fantastic and it is the lull before the storm.

with micro chipping and ear tagging done, its critical to keep watch on the crias tags as so often they can get infected. it is no ones fault if it happens, it is just one of those things.

we used sure grow to my avid followers who emailed me and that was on advice from an Alpaca guru too!


cirencester alpaca blog shire horses!

well we managed a quickie into the historic town of Cirencester. Architecture, fashion, history – what more can you want from a town?

To wit – shire horses proudly on display outside the pub!





Alpaca hot gossip

well things are hotting up around here a little and I don’t mean the weather. more on that another day when I have checked out what is true on the Alpaca Gossip front. so many people wanting to spread rumours – worse than Fleetwood mac – now that is showing my age!

more fantastic visitors and clients enjoying themselves…



Kensmyth Alpaca visitors in all weathers

Wow – time flies does it not? I have usually bought my Heston orange Christmas puddings by now and stored them on a shelf with Mums homemade ones for visitors. I have not had anything other than home deliveries for so long its amazing. a quick dash into the shops for emergencies only. hectic hectic.

We have had some fantastic Events and lovely Clients and visitors to Kensmyth in the last month and what with cria weighing, micro chipping and ear tagging time just gallops by. Some cold weather and 33 in the barns on several wet cold nights too. I even managed to fertilise three fields by myself with the spreader whilst the poover was broken – mended now. Yes, you can fertilise grass between September and November – don’t look so surprised it works a treat!

Here are some sunnier photos from the past weeks…

Jason telling the Alpaca one of his jokes…

jason visiting kensmyth

and a sunny blue sky shot…


and naughty cria that will not stand in the pen to be weighed have to be held!

weighing cria

back soon

Kensmyth support Accessible Icon Project – new Disability Sign

disability sign

Kensmyth the first Alpaca Stud in UK to support the new Disability Sign?

Having read the following article in full detail (edited here) and with much empathy, Kensmyth decided to show their full support for the new Sign idea!


22nd September 2013 BBC News – Damon Rose

The stick figure in a wheelchair has become one of the most widely-used and instantly recognised symbols in the world – but a group of American designers want to change this famous icon of disability.

Seen on toilet doors, parking bays and practically every public building in the developed world, the International Symbol of Access has been in circulation since 1969. But now a group calling itself the Accessible Icon Project want to give the design a more 21st Century, even paralympic, feel.

The new icon is based on the old one but shows the figure leaning forward, actively pushing the wheelchair – more David Weir than Ironside.

The group’s website is critical of the old icon: “Its arms and legs are drawn like mechanical parts, its posture is unnaturally erect, and its entire look is one that makes the chair, not the person, important and visible.”

Artist Sara Hendron, a lecturer at Rhode Island School Of Design, USA, is one of those behind the project. She says the new icon started as a piece of “guerrilla art” on the campus of Gordon College near Boston, where she and collaborator Brian Glenney adapted existing access signs by overlaying a transparent sticker of a new active wheelchair user so old and new could both be seen.

The designers wanted to get people thinking.

Hendron says the new symbol is “a metaphor for self-direction and self determination,” and believes the old one has become politically invisible. She thinks that other similar public information symbols are more dynamic than the classic wheelchair sign and are pictured actively engaging with the world.

“If you go to a national park which says you can have a swim, a picnic or fish there, you’ll see all these 2D icons that are indicating with very animated gestures all that stuff you can do with your body.”

There’s been interest in the new icon from around the world, from in Italy to India and South America.

“We’re eagerly watching New York City who have said they’re going to implement it but are presently at the red tape stage,” says Hendron. “And in the meantime we’ve heard from other towns as well and scores of individual organisations and institutions.”


Event marquees at dawn come down in the wind!

Well I did say we have been exceptionally busy this season. The events are such fun and so enjoyed, best way of introducing Alpaca on the planet!

The marquees look fantastic and this dawn photo is super!

marquees in sunrise


we had to get them down in a hurry in the past few days though due to high winds – on our little hill in the Cotswolds!

marquees down for respite from wind

back soon with more updates of life on our Alpaca Farm!

Autumn colour alpaca fleece

Autumn is such an amazing time for colours. I love it and the frost, the crunch underfoot and the Alpaca frosty steaming breath in the mornings.

In the summer I saw a plant – goodness knows what it is so please enlighten me – and I thought of the coming Autumn colours being so vibrant and how the stunning Alpaca fleece and yarn blends in. So I took some thought provoking photos to share with you later in the year – that time is now – see what you think!


now put this fleece hand bouquet into the flowers … stunning!


enjoy the week end its going to be sunny!


sold sold sold – Alpaca clothing is the best!!

We are soo busy with the first frost and getting all the work done, once more apologies for absence of blogs. I have a new washing machine, I need a new poover and its go go go whilst the weather is not too bad.

cria weighing and adult weighing took up most of this week end so we can keep a firm eye on weights over winter.

meantime, I promised some shots of the Kensmyth Events and clothes modelled and sold, sold sold!