Nick, who has been our once a week helper and guide to all things farm related works with Mike on Tuesdays. As they are always outside or in the barn they minimise the risk of Covid 19 infection. At tea break we stay outside on the "patio" as we call it when the weather allows. This time of year we are sometimes coming into our "kitchen" which is our only downstairs room and very big - so we can still social distance. I clean all surfaces frequently and especially after tea break.
Today Mike and Nick are making a handling pen so that we can carry out husbandry such as cutting toe nails on the two males, Freddy and Inchic who now live in the paddock at the back of the house. When the weather improves I will take photos! We are also going to extend their grazing area as they have neatly mown their present area.
Tomorrow Mike is going to travel to Ilminster for his Vaccination. As he is 82 he is lucky enough to have it early. I will be in the next group whenever that is.
The hens are still shut in most of the time but I let them out into a netted area whilst I clean out their living quarters and to give them some fresh air and exercise. They get VERY excited when I open the door but are easy to entice back with the fresh straw that I scatter around as they love finding all the seeds. Ted, my trusty farm dog, explains that they have to go back inside when told or risk a severe herding! He is very good at getting them out of hiding places - e.g. behind hay bales or trailers!
Remainder of Alpacastuff stock is still available at www.alpaca-stuff.co.uk/