This morning dawned grey and cloudy - the forecast was for showers in the afternoon with strong winds.  At breakfast time, surrounded by an alarming amount of defrosting Gateaux's, I sipped my cup of lemon and ginger tea and wondered if anyone would turn up to our Open Day to eat them all!

Someone, somewhere was looking out for us, we were so lucky... we had perfect weather, dry and mostly sunny, but not hot, and whilst the wind occasionally sent a few paper plates flying, it wasn't so strong that we lost the tents - not quite anyway!

I have to say we couldn't have done it without all our helpers - they were amazing and they all worked so hard to make it a huge success and so much fun too - I must mention Ethan here - he was our smallest helper and was a real trouper! Other special thanks go to our Spinning ladies, who gave a wonderful demonstration.

I have no idea how many people came, we didn't count, but more than we've ever had before if the amount of teas and cake consumed are anything to go on!

Everyone was so complimentary about the farm and our animals, making all our efforts worth while. Peter has worked especially hard this week, and his manicured and almost poo free paddocks didn't go unnoticed. I'll let him have a couple of days off I think!

As for me, I know I'll be tired tomorrow, but for now I'm still buzzing, very pleased with how it all went, all the planning paid off and I have taken notes of improvements for the next one.  It was great to see so many people genuinely interested and enjoying alpacas.

The only picture I took ... just never had the chance to take more!


  1. Congratulations Karen....sounds like a huge success.

    1. Thanks Barbara - hard work but it paid off as everyone including us enjoyed it!

  2. Well what could possibly have gone wrong? Well done, glad it was such a success.

    1. I had imagined all sorts of things going wrong ...
      Wet weather - no-one coming
      Very windy weather - tents blowing away - we did lose one once before the day after an open day! No-one coming!
      Cars getting stuck in mud - no sign of any of that for the last few months!
      Cars colliding on the drive - thankfully not!
      Weather too hot - no-one coming!
      An animal keeling over - heaven forbid!
      A human keeping over - a nuisance!
      Someone bringing a dog and it running a mock - someone did smuggle a dog in last time, fortunately didn't run a mock!
      Someone not enjoying themselves? .... surely not? Well we did have someone once complain that there wasn't enough to do - well what did they expect a fun fair?!
      Cake running out - almost, but not quite!

      Actually way back, on our second or third ever Open Day there was an outbreak of Foot and Mouth and we had to cancel the day before ... nightmare, we were interviewed on the telly!

      So no Mark, nothing could possibly have gone wrong!