Friday, 31 December 2010


I am not one for making New Year Resolutions - however - I really, really promise not to moan when it gets too HOT (well not much anyway).  This cold spell will stay in my mind for a long time, several nights with temperatures  down to minus 18/19 and days with a maximum of minus 12 took its toll.  As well as the River Severn freezing our central heating did too!!  The log burner warms the whole house so all internal doors are open and the central heating comes on at night when the fire goes out - well usually it does.  Overnight last Saturday the bedroom radiator froze and didn't we know it.  Thankfully the thaw arrived on Monday and all was resolved very easily.

The thaw came too early for son Matthew who went off to Snowdonia on Christmas Day with his tent to do a weeks climbing which had to be abandoned on Monday as it was not safe.

The Alpacas are well and enjoying the sight of the grass again which was very nice as we had a lovely couple visit yesterday who are thinking of owning a couple of these special animals.  We look forward to their next visit.

Thank you to everyone who does a blog - they are a great source of information and also fun.  We all have our ups and downs and sharing each others knowledge, dreams and aspirations always puts life into perspective, and Thank You to everyone who reads this blog - it is a pleasure to share our Alpaca Adventure.

So enjoy this evening, whether you are going to a party with friends, spending time with your family or celebrating with a loved one and look forward to the year ahead.

Best Wishes for 2011

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

On the Mend

Unfortunately I have had pneumonia so Christmas preparations came to a standstill, however things are now looking up so Christmas will hopefully happen this weekend, albeit quietly.

We are in the same position as most people, freezing temperatures, lots of snow and bad roads.  Last weekend temperatures went down to -19 overnight and 'rose' to -10 degrees in the day.  I am fortunate in that I have remained inside in the warm and Sid has faced the challenges - admirably.

The Alpacas look well and as soon as the hay is delivered they are there before it is in the feeders.

The dogs haven't ventured too far

Meanwhile the birds enjoy the Christmas tree in the Day time and we do at night.
Lastly, a picture taken many years of Lisa's first pony who died recently aged 40 years.  Magpie was a gem and well known locally.  She gave many children enormous pleasure.
Thank you to the many people who have sent us Christmas wishes, unfortunately not all cards have been sent or presents bought but nevertheless


Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." (Oren Arnold)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Cold - but better than most

We seemed to have been very fortunate and missed most of the terrible weather that has swept the country.  Our thoughts are with those who are having so much difficulty doing the everyday tasks.

Last Sunday we woke to a very hard frost of -11 degrees which didn't improve much throughout the day.  We only had about an inch of snow in the week, it's been cold and we have had to take water to the animals as the water troughs are all frozen and of course extra feed is needed by all.  Today started at -7 degrees and stayed below freezing all day, even though the sun was lovely and bright.
Wellground Scriptwriter looking through the fence at Toad Hall Blue Ember and Toad Hall Skye Blue. 

Skye Blue is the eldest of our three cria born this year, Brittania is doing well and still being bottle fed as Cambridge Bluebell has very little milk and as for Jolly Ruffo  -- Well!!!  He is a just so - different!!!  He looks wonderful and he is very entertaining - he loves he snow and frost and thinks all the others should too.

Knitwear sales have soared and we have met some lovely people recently who have come to purchase some of our home produced garments.  June's knitting needles are red hot in her race to keep up with demand.

The birds have moved towards the house even more as they know there is a ready supply of food here as the feeders are kept well stocked.  The buzzard and sparrow hawk are now a bit close for the goldfinches and tits comfort but no easy meals for them from the garden yet I am glad to say.

Pheasants seemed to have moved in despite trying to send them on their way (or they'll go in the pot!).