Archive for December, 2012

We Wish You A Merry Christmas – And a Happy New Year

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Cheryl and I wish all our customers, friends and website viewers a very happy Christmas.  Don’t forget to take time out to relax and enjoy the season.  We thoroughly enjoyed this little expression of what Christmas is really about – we hope you do too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&vq=medium

And Here She Is

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Ariana is growing really well.  While Shannelle watches over Ariana she also lets her test the boundaries; as a result Ariana checks everything out, from a magpie sitting on the fence to all the people that she can make friends with.  She comes right up to sniff our hands, followed closely by her little friend Moet.  I think she’ll be another sweet natured alpaca, just like her Mum and Nana.

Work in Progress

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Our “river paddock” shows the signs of massive spring grass growth but we are unable to graze our alpacas there because its not fenced and the alpacas can wander along the river bank behind all the  neighbouring properties and disappear on us.  We are loathe to use electric  fencing,  knowing  first hand of alpaca deaths where they have tangled their necks in the electrified tape and died from continual multiple electric shocks.  An awful way to die . . .  HOWEVER we now have some fence posts in along the neighbour’s boundary and intend to fence off a significant part of the area over coming months, making sure we leave ourselves access to the river which is a lovely spot for swimming over summer.  Hopefully the “new” paddock will be available  for daytime grazing over winter when feed is in short supply.  (The risk of flooding in winter is such that we’ll move them as soon as it starts raining).   So, some fencing and an extension of our water trough system is literally “in the pipeline”.