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Fleece, Camera, Action.

Fleece, Camera, Action.

It’s that time of the year, when like most alpaca breeders up and down the country, we start planning our matings for the spring and summer. With such important decisions, and with nearly a year to find out if we have made the right pairing, we need to be systematic. Thus, I make a list […]

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  31/03/2016   3 comments
Full On Alpaca!

Full On Alpaca!

It has been non-stop alpaca for the past two weeks – there was a risk that I might have had alpaca overload – but I am glad to say that I still haven’t reached alpaca saturation point…not even close! The last weekend in February saw me down at C-S Alpacas in Bucks for the BAS […]

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  14/03/2016   No comments
Alpacas…snow lovely!

Alpacas…snow lovely!

We woke up on Sunday morning to beautiful white paddocks…beautiful empty white paddocks…as there was not an alpaca to be seen. Everyone was tucked up in their barns and shelters, and by the lack of footprints, had been all night. With some gentle persuasion we were able to witness the weanlings first taste of snow… […]

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  20/01/2016   1 comment
Alpaca Weights and Measures!

Alpaca Weights and Measures!

It’s done. As always the thought is far worse than the action. The first batch of twenty seven cria were weaned on the twenty seventh of December(as has become the tradition – three years in a row, the same date). They have done amazingly well, especially as we had to move them after a couple […]

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  02/01/2016   3 comments
Must Try Harder…

Must Try Harder…

I’ve failed again. To be honest I really didn’t try hard enough, so it wasn’t unexpected. I have been doing this for six years now (seems longer)and it just doesn’t get any easier. I like to think I am pragmatic, determined, hard working (I have kept myself busy all weekend even washing curtains ready for […]

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  21/12/2015   2 comments
A Wet and Windy Cumbria

A Wet and Windy Cumbria

I realise that I often start a blog complaining about the weather here up north…well this week we certainly had good reason to complain here in Cumbria. On Saturday morning Trish and I set off before daylight, car packed full of knitwear, scarves and throws, ready for our stall at the Hawkshead Christmas fair. It […]

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  11/12/2015   3 comments
Alpaca Shelters and Belters

Alpaca Shelters and Belters

This morning as I was slipping about in the quagmire, gamely hanging on to a barrow full of poop, with the rain trickling down the back of my neck…I was thinking how lucky we are (remember glass half full)…for every alpaca on our farm has access to either a purpose built, or carefully converted, shelter, […]

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  30/11/2015   2 comments
Beck Brow On The Money

Beck Brow On The Money

It was only yesterday that I was thinking that I needed to get working on our Christmas Cards, but I really couldnt muster up any enthusiasm whilst I was squelching through the mud, then this morning we have woken up to snow… So much has happened since my last blog, lots to be excited about, […]

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  21/11/2015   6 comments