Thursday, 29 April 2010

And so the work goes on ..and on..

The work on the alpaca barn has continued whilst we have had such good weather. Firstly we have decided to concrete the floor of the old hay barn. This has to be done fairly quickly as it is our shearing area so will be needed before long.

Friend Ben was summoned to use his exceptional digger skills to do the ground works.

Then it was the turn of the 'elf and safety expert to lend a hand checking the levels under the supervision of the boss !!!!!!!!
More stone brought in by the toad himself!!

Now it is the turn of 'whacker plate' to finish it off before the concrete arrives.

First load of concrete installed.

Our original intention was to put the roof on first but as the weather has been so good the decision to get the ground levelled and concreted has paid off. Lots more hard work to go but the benefits will be enormous.
The grass is growing slowly, we moved the boys onto fresh pasture and they certainly showed their approval. 'Hiccup' our matriarch has been under the weather. She developed a lameness we have not been able to find the cause of yet, it appears to be some sort of stiffness in her hocks. Hopefully we will get to the root of the problem soon and restore her to full health.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Toad goes up the Pole!

Well almost. As the weather has been so good we have been able to make a start on the Alpaca Barn. The puddles and mud prior to Easter have now gone and good progress made. As Sid is doing this himself it will take some time as it has to be fitted around 'the day job'.

The Alpaca Barn will go between Sid's workshop and the alpaca race.

It will be a super area to keep the Alpacas in when needed and some of the equipment.

To make sure he keeps his 'brownie points' he kindly finished the potting shed and greenhouse which are my anniversary presents. (Thought I had not better paint it Ruby Red though)

We have been assessing our herd and decided which animals we are going to sell and managed to get that onto Alpaca Seller with the help of the wise owl whom I had to call for advice (again)!!!