Kensmyth Alpaca & Muscovy Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:32:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Jungle boob at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:24:06 +0000 well I have been taking some flack lately for being late on my Blogs – and all I can say is “its a Boob job” hahah – no seriously amongst rushing round farm work and husbandry for the Alpaca, we all have the inevitable “call” for that boob squashing elbow mangling pinching horrible – you guessed it mammary check up. Not a job I would like but they do literally thousands from the mobile Boob testing container in Cirencester Hospital car park – job done!

Meantime, I caught a glimpse of I am a celebrity get me out of here with a lady (!) who didn’t like snakes – really – I love them! those of you who regularly follow my blog know I regularly have to handle a few Pythons and slippery snakes!

meantime – back to work, it is the season for selling Alpaca woolies – even if it is a bit mild right now… winter is a coming!

Genetics 10 years later in the fleece at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:02:42 +0000 We all know that the Show Ring requires a different “look” in every breed than that in the paddock and Alpaca breeding is no different. The fleece remains everything however because it is key to the continuation of the Alpaca industry and all the product you make yourselves or send to factories to be made.

Genetics have to be “right” at the outset and Australian Genetics brought into the UK varied tremendously when Alpaca were first introduced back just before the Millenium. Yes, they have been here for nearly 20 years now so no “flash in the pan” there for those who thought such thoughts.

Alpaca have become incredibly popular all over the world now and Alpaca is now for sale in shops blended with polyester even in Tesco, Asda, M&S etc. However, true Alpaca handmade garments continue to go from strength to strength and are in high demand.

Commercially farmed now across the UK, Alpaca fleeces vary tremendously and it is not just Genetics. it is how you feed them, where you are in the world (sparse grass, lush grass) and affects from the weather. But you have to start with good genetics and you have to “have a plan and make it work”. Whilst new stud boys bring in new genetics I despair when I see folk rush off to buy the “latest show winner” for their herd without a thought to Biosecurity or the fact it may never have reproduced yet and so you have no idea what the progeny will be like. Two stunning models in humans do not always produce a stunning child and Alpaca are just the same!

Old fashioned principles stand at Kensmyth… “if it aint broke – why fix it?”

The Alpaca we produce here year on year have superb fleeces and are good sized Alpaca with fantastic temperaments and conformation – what more can we ask?

A quick squiz (look) at the “old boys” fleeces when doing ADE jabs this week showed that on their 7th fleece – our boys still have it…

what is more important is that these were taken with an iPhone, in the barn, on a ropey weather day and are just as seen on the Alpaca – no false lighting, no false framing, no doctored or photoshopping to make them stand out… they are just genuinely fantastic old boy fleeces and the reason that our progeny from them is also outstanding.

Iphone pictures of the fleeces of some of our young stock from these two sires also taken recently…

Hotting up and drooling at Kensmyth – farming life and dogs Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:40:35 +0000 People always ask me “when do you get your Christmas dinner?” and my answer is always the same – late in the evening when all livestock have been seen to. It has been that way for farmers forever and certainly for over 30 years in this family!

Farm dogs get fed in the evening after working in the fields – but that doesn’t mean they cannot smell the roasts cooking…. they do make me laugh…

Dawn to dusk Alpaca at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow in beautiful November Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:03:09 +0000 Amazing beauty in the fields of Alpaca at Kensmyth – so quiet and so serene

Lest we forget Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:01:17 +0000

Things do not fall out of trees at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:57:15 +0000

we had to console the farm dog who decided that as one Squirrel had fallen out of a tree to which she gave chase, they all would. But we all know life is not like that and you can only make changes – if you do it yourself. she didn’t get it and still waited…

The Call of the wild at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:10:09 +0000 I don’t think I ever saw something so sad since a film called the “Call of the Wild” until today – the branding of Exmoor ponies. Not just once but several times – look it up, you will feel sick. So unnecessary… meantime  – how wild is this weather?

A brand new kind of FREE at Kensmyth Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:12:15 +0000 I was asked recently if I believed in Karma. I said simply that “you reap what you sow in life” and for every action you take there are consequences. A short while ago, on my third attempt, I managed to buy something that I had been forced to do as a direct result of someone elses actions in 2014 and it has given me back my hopes for the future.

– it is also the theme tune used for the building of Kensmyth at Clay Meadow in a video shown to Visitors – so it really says it all for me…

Brand New Me – by Alicia Keys

It’s been a while
I’m not who I was before
You look surprised
Your words don’t burn me anymore
Been meanin’ to tell ya
But I guess it’s clear to see
Don’t be mad
It’s just a brand new kinda me
Can’t be bad
I found a brand new kinda free

Careful with your ego
He’s the one that we should blame
Had to grab my heart back
God knows something had to change
I thought that you’d be happy
I found the one thing I need
Why you mad?
It’s just a brand new kinda me
I’ve found a brand new kinda free.

It took a long, long time to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
It took one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, don’t be surprised


If I talk a little louder
If I speak up when you’re wrong
If I walk a little taller
I’ve been under you too long
If you notice that I’m different
Don’t take it personally
Don’t be mad
It’s just a brand new kinda me
“That ain’t bad
I found a brand new kinda free.

Ooh, it took a long, long road to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
I’ve taken one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, oh, said, you look surprised

Hey, if you were a friend
You’d wanna get to know me again
If you were worth the while
You’d be happy to see me smile
I’m not expecting sorry
I’m too busy finding myself
I got this
I found me, I found me, yeah

I don’t need your opinion
I’m not waiting for your “OK”
I’ll never be perfect,
But at least now I’m brave
I know my heart is open
I can finally breathe
Don’t be mad
It’s just a brand new kinda free
That ain’t bad
I found a brand new kinda me
Don’t be mad

 It’s just a brand new time for me

Mini Monet Keiron Williamson in Norfolk – the BBC again Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:45:34 +0000 So many of our regular readers will know that Norfolk is one of our favourite places to visit. Anywhere by the sea and you will find myself, my family and my dogs in it! A few years back now, we met little Kieron on a trip up there when he was very little and watched him paint in his home at that time, also visiting the Art Gallery and meeting his Art teacher. He loved our dog – the Flat Coated Retriever we lost in 2015 to a nasal tumour. cuddles in the rain. it is so nice to see that he kept up his painting…

according to latest figures this week he is now worth nearly £2 million…  I hope he is still the nice kind boy who cuddled my dog in the rain…

The two boys look so tiny and young – especially Mitchell who adored watching Kieron paint that day!



October out like a Lion and November in like a lamb at Kensmyth Alpaca Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:09:57 +0000 Happy November to one and all. Amazing photographs and scenes in the Cotswolds…

October 31st sunset said goodbye to the month like a roaring lion…

and in the morning, crept softly in November… like a Lamb