We have had to cope with torrential downpours and extremely blustery weather, more like October than mid June. Our newly sheared pacas were all provided with shelters, I quite like keeping them all in on such occasions, at least I can sleep well knowing that no-ones shivering and miserable. However, I don't much like all the mucking out that's needed afterwards - my what a mess they make in one night!
Beulah, who is one of my favourites, has had a very sturdy, handsome boy, who is also not quite the colour we were hoping for - but then that's alpacas and part of the fun - each birth is still a bit like Christmas for me and even though I might be a bit disappointed I soon grow to love them all. We have called him Bamboozle.
Today I was very keen to get a few farm jobs done whilst we had dry weather, poo-hoovering and cutting grass and keeping an eye on the birthing paddock at the same time, though no-one have any signs of doing anything. Whilst having a coffee break and chatting on the phone in the garden I happened to notice that the girls in the birthing paddock were intently watching something near the bench ... thinking it was just the cat but but to make sure I strolled over to look. Toffee Apple had gone behind the bench and given birth to her cria, who had managed somehow to roll under the fence and was now the wrong side. Good job I stopped for that coffee then before mowing the drive! We almost called him Topseyturvey, but seems a bit girlie, so he's "Touch Wood".
|Toffee Apple and Touch Wood|
|And again - dry this time|
|Cotton Cake and Cotton Field (Fi)|
|Fi staying cosy under 2 coats - it was awful weather that day|
|Beulah and Bamboozle|
|Mila enjoying the sunshine today|