Sunday, 13 September 2020

Starting Again

 After a long silence I have decided to make and effort to keep a blog again.   Looking at the old posts it was interesting to be reminded of what was going on with the animals and ourselves in past years.  

Mike and I are both aging and finding it more difficult to remember times and dates when events happened, or even whether we have carried out routine tasks.   Maybe keeping a regular blog (if I keep to my resolution) will be interesting and at the same time serve to settle any disagreements about dates, times and events. 

Although the farm shop has closed I am selling off remaining stock online through the Alpacastuff website.

There are a few socks and quite a lot of hand knitted hats, bobble hats, and mittens still available  at www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk.   We have only six alpacas now.  Two males and four females.   I expect they will live out their lives here, although we would be happy to sell them if a buyer appeared.   

We have 35 hens, so we keep the four female alpacas in their paddock.   As the hens are free ranging and only shut inside at night, it is good to know that the girls are round to raise the alarm if Mr. Fox appears. The alpaca alarm call is quite strange and difficult to describe.   Something like a series of very short high pitched yelps with a loud intake of breath between.  

 We let the alpacas free range during the day and they pop themelves back into the chicken paddock at usually a little before dusk to take up guard duty.

As we have three dogs - two older boys and a three year old, there is plenty of noise and excitement if anything happens -like a customer coming to pick up eggs from the egg box which is situated half way down the drive.   I like to think they would make a lot of  noise to alert us if they saw a predator in the chickens' field too.

All in all we have a very good team.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

We now have a very limited supply of socks for sale on our website but we still have stocks of our hand knitted hats and mittens so it is  worth looking to see what is on offer.

www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk
Hand knitted Beanie hat in 75% alpaca and 25% wool   Ideal to keep your hair tidy  for those breezy spring walks.

Click on the photo to see all the hats available.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Still Raining

Really nothing of interest is happening.   The wet weather continues to stop all but the basics.   The chicken field is constantly water logged and the hen house is a muddy mess despite my best efforts.  Until the water table drops it is not likely to improve.

The dogs get very wet and muddy most mornings when they go for their walk round the farm and I try to confine them to the yard for the rest of the day because at least it is fairly mud-free and gives them a bit of space for a run around.

We still have some socks and hand kitted items available for sale.

www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk
Click on the photo to visit our Alpacastuff website for socks, hats and mittens.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Sunshine

Sunshine has occurred today - short bursts and I still got soaked this morning walking the dogs and sorting out the  chcikens.   When will it ever end?

I have not had anything to add to the blog recently because it has been one wet day after another and nothing much has been happening.

We have an extra dog on the farm now.  Dodger is sister to our Dolly, border collie.   He belongs to my friend Pauline who is currently not well enough to have him at home so he is here for  a while.  He has  been used to visiting us in the past for holidays so it has not unsettled him  to come and stay.
He is very very active and is really enjoying sloshing around the farm.

Pam who has knitted all the hats and gloves which we sold in our shop is now using up the last of our yarn .   It will probably take some time to sell because we are now (believe it or not) starting to come out of the season for buying woollies!!

Check the website for hand knits in 100% natural colour alpaca and 75% alpaca blended with wool in great dyed colours.

www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk

Click on the photo to visit our Alpacastuff website.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Mudbath

The heavy rain we have been having lately is turning the gateways and paddocks  which we are using into virtual mudbaths.  The winds and rain overnight were really concerning but this morning the sunshine has returned at least for the time being.

More storms are forecast for the week end.

We have four female alpacas alpacas for sale as we only want to keep a couple of males to guard the hens.  This is part of our retirement plan.   Eventually I expect the hens will go too but at the moment they are laying lovely eggs and we have quite a few regular customers.

www.alpacas-for-sale.co.uk

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Still Available

It has been very quiet since Christmas but it has been nice to just keep things running without having to worry about opening the shop.   I am keeping our websites live for the time being as I still have  a small stock of hand knits and alpaca socks.

Also there re  4 female alpacas available for sale as we only really need a couple to guard the hens who are still going strong and laying surprisingly well for  the time of year.
www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk
Click on the photo to visit the Alpacastuff website and see the selection of hand knits and alpaca socks for sale.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Mixed Christmas

Mike took our presents up to the family in Salisbury just before Christmas which was just as well as it turned out, because on Christmas Day he was not feeling very good so I went up on my own for a few hours and he stayed at home.

It was lovely seeing everyone and Jane, my daughter-in-law put on a lovely spread helped by the "chuildren" home from Uni for the holidays.

It was not very nice travelling home as it was quite dark by the time I reached the A303 but I managed to come off at the right roundabout and made reasonable time.   Mike was much better when I got home but said he thought he had made the right decision in not coming.   As we are looking after Pauline's dogs as well as our own, it was good for them to have him on hand to let them out and they kept each other company.

We hope everything will be back to normal next Christmas.
www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk
Bobble hats sold very well before Christmas and I am still selling the surplus stock on our website www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk.  Click on the photo to see all our remaining socks and hand knits.