Friday 31 December 2010

Battered Wife!!

Hi Folks

Well it's only a short blog tonight, to show Lisa's bruises which are developing quite well after her little accident yesterday. I know it's not the picture that some of you have been waiting for, but I was not brave enough to take that photo of Lisa completely covered from head to toe in mud, as Lisa was stood in the door saying I'm hurting, so taking a picture would not have gone down very well.

We have been the doctors today just for a check up as Lisa was complaining of pains in her chest, so after a check up it was confirmed that heavy bruising to the ribs, bruise to the head, cuts to her hand, bruises to the knees and these to the back of her legs is about it. A lucky escape really.

So as you can see from the picture above, she has done a good job.....anything to put her feet up over the next couple of days!!

Rob you are a braver man than me if you had taken the mud shot, rather than running a nice hot bath!

Take care all.

Thursday 30 December 2010

Mud Mud and Ooops....

Hi Folks,

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and are now ready to see the New Year in. We are hoping for healthy cria's being born and wish everyone success in the prevailing year.

The snow has now all gone apart from the odd pile which is hanging around like a bad smell, like many other breeders we are now back to sloshing around in slippy mud as Lisa found out this afternoon.....when bringing the horses in, Lisa slipped over followed by the horse slipping over and landing on top of Lisa, pushing her deep into the mud. Although Lisa is a bit battered and bruised (pictures to follow) I did have to laugh as she stood at the door completely covered from head to toe in mud. We had to hose off her clothes to remove the mud, not whilst Lisa was still wearing them, although the thought did cross my mind for a minute, but it is still the festive season so I ran her a bath instead.

All the alpacas seem happy to be spending more time out in the paddocks now that they have some grass to nibble on. The weanling's have settled into there new paddock and occasionally look for there mums, but with the grass back they soon put there heads down again.
We have been busy with the usual husbandry duties and just seem to run out of hours in the day to try and achieve anything else. The list of jobs just keeps growing, don't get me wrong we are not complaining, that's the way it goes, the daylight will become longer soon and the job list will take a hammering...hopefully!

We hope to have some exciting announcements in 2011 to share with you all and some interesting ideas for our business will be put into action. We wish everyone great success in 2011 and hope to read about your journeys as the year goes on.

Happy New Year All

Thursday 23 December 2010

Little Bow Peep, Dressed Up As A Sheep!!!

Hi Folks,

Well it's not long now till the big fella comes and delivers us some goodies. I have tomorrow left at work, then I have some time off.

Lisa and Lily have been up to mischief today, well Lisa more than Lily I think.... they both went to take some hay to our Ryeland sheep and I think Lily is starting to get a bit obsessed with sheep....

Here is Lily trying her hardest to blend in to the back ground but its not helping as there is someone stood there with a camera.....

No, the camera is not going to put the sheep off, Lily feels right at home now....her favorite, Bertie the ram always comes over for a cuddle, regardless of what Lily looks like.

I think Lily has just realised that Lisa has been laughing at her (in a nice way of course) and from the look on her face, the penny has dropped....."why am I dressed as a sheep mum" Well it is Christmas and if you can't have fun when can you.
Daisy and her foal have been enjoying the snow running around all over the place. I can't believe its almost 8 months since Flicker the foal was born, where does the time go. Here they are below enjoying watching Ben our other horse cooling off.
Well that's all for tonight. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It won't be long now until it's Easter and the Easter eggs are in the shops!!!
Take care folks.

Saturday 18 December 2010

Back To The Blog

Hi Folks,

Well we are back to the's taken us long enough as we have just been so busy getting ready for Christmas, with one thing and another the blog had to take a back seat for a short while.

We have more snow and frozen pipes but our spirits are high and we wouldn't change what we are doing for anything in the world. I came in the office earlier to update the blog and found the cat relaxing on the desk, rather than risking being attacked by the cat for disturbing its precious sleeping program, I decided to wait till later.

The snow is certainly challenging us, but we still have nothing compared to others so we can't complain to much. The alpacas are coping well, but they soon let you know when they want to come in, as they all stand at the gate just hoping to catch your attention, so that you will let them in the barn to there nice snug bed.

We are bringing the alpacas in now every night and to be honest we have been for some time now. I know they survive in there native countries out in the cold, but being cold and wet is not something that they are use to, so rather than risking any problems we bring them in, the alpacas seem to appreciate it anyway.

Our egg sales have gone through the roof, with demand being for more than we can provide, so we have now invested in more chickens to keep up with demand, Thank you to all of you that have brought from us, I know some of you read this blog.

As an addition to our laying chickens, we have also purchased a breeding pair of " Lemon Sablepoot Bantam" chickens. More on these little chickens later.

Well we hope you are all coping with the weather that we are being dealt, just remember, the nights start to draw out soon and summer will soon be here, with little cria being born all over the place.

Take care all, back soon.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Eating Snow......What Us!

Hi All,

We have had snow again today on and off but still nothing like those up north. The water is still flowing and despite the bitter temperatures we are coping quite well in the caravan and on the farm.

Lisa has been out with the camera today and snapped a picture of some of our Ryeland sheep, just as Lisa got the camera ready they lifted there heads to reveal what they have been up there must be grass under here somewhere!

Lily was happy climbing on the hay stack, closely followed by the dogs who seem to follow her everywhere, even up the hay stack!

Well its still snowing this evening, so I wonder what tomorrow will bring for getting to work in the early hours of the morning. The alpacas don't even get up as I leave, they just raise there heads and look. I'm sure I can here them sniggering at me as I leave, while they are snug in the barn in there straw beds and I'm pretending to be Christopher Dean on the yard!
That's all for now, back soon.