Archive for June, 2012

Fruiting Feijoa

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I’ve just added two fruiting  feijoas to the shelter belt that is slowly growing along  our driveway.  We have a selection of small shrubs growing there amongst the larger trees, as the fields alongside the fenceline are open to our New Zealand cold southerly winds which, in winter particularly, drag up cold air from the Antarctic. Its not pleasant even for heavily fleeced alpacas.  We have a single feijoa bush elsewhere which (although not a good fruiting bush) we noticed provided  a significant wind barrier.  While researching the best varieties for producing large fruit (which I enjoy when I can get them) I learned that it is best to have at least two trees to encourage cross pollination.  So we have a joint mission here, fruit for Liz, and winter shelter for the alpacas. I’m just hoping the area is not too wet for them as the water flow on our property tends towards that low point.  No doubt in time we’ll discover whether the plan has worked.

Cadenza is free!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

One day recently Cadenza noticed that the “stupid person” had left the gate to her pen open.  Not one to be indecisive, she took off out of there like a rocket, excitedly running and pronking and FINALLY FREE!  Yes, she was allowed out of that pen that had been her home ever since she was two weeks old, and now actually had room to be a baby alpaca.  And now she and her mum, Harmony, share a paddock with a number of other females and cria.  Although Cadenza can “cush” (sit down with all legs tucked under her – like a cat!) she usually forgets that she can do this, and her previously broken and plastered leg which was too rigid to bend at the knee, more often than not still pokes out in front of her while her other 3 legs are tucked up underneath.  But no-one in the paddock enjoys running and pronking like she does –  she has a lot of catching up to do.