I thought it was about time I did another blog even though I have decided I am not keen on Google blogger since they altered it earlier in the year. Everytime I log onto it the new posting screen has changed and I can only comment on others' blogs intermittently.
Anyway, since the last blog we have won 7 more rosettes at the GWR Fleece show and we also had a stall selling our knitwear which went really well. We have been carrying on with improving things around here and I even said words to Si that I never thought would come out of my mouth 'What are you going to build next?' He has built a large chicken shed for our hybrid layers and all the new pens for them.
All of the pregnant girls that are up for sale have been given their preventative medications, toe nails cut and body scored so they are all ready for winter. I tried to take some photographs to put on alpacaseller but they had all been rolling in the mud so it looks as though we have a herd of grey alpacas. They are slightly on the heavy side at the moment but it will help to keep them warmer during the colder weather and the weight will gradually come off over winter when they are eating mainly hay.
After being treated they were put onto clean pasture and Ms Humphreys couldn't wait to start eating the fresh lush grass. Her head was down grazing the second she was through the gate.
Next through was Larralluh one of our Elite Australian girls who we are putting up for sale as soon as we can get a picture of her looking clean. She has given us some beautiful female cria and we sold her first born a few months ago.
It took an age to get a snap of Temple as everytime I raised the camera she turned away from me but in the end the attraction of fresh grass got the better of her and I quickly snapped her.
The girls soon gathered together again making the most of the good weather to graze, those of you with really good eyesight will spot some of the pekins in the background sharing the paddock.
We did this years cria last of all and Halo's baby literally charged across the paddock to catch up with his mum. Probably to complain about having his injections.
While all this was going on Heaven spotted the camera and even though she was in another paddock she left her mum to come across to have her photograph taken. She just stood there waiting for me to point it at her, she is such a poser.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse today and we have had trouble keeping the biosecurity mats in place, Si pinned them down with tent pegs so that they stay on the drive. As we have customers arriving to buy chickens and clients to see the alpacas we have to make sure that any vehicles that arrive have their wheels disenfected and then we also have the footmats so that people are free to walk around. The wind has been so strong that the anti-bacterial hand washes have also been bouncing around the place. The chickens haven't seemed to mind the weather and everytime I have been out to do any chores they have all been rushing over thinking that it is time for their teatime treat of corn.