I have a new camera. Not that there was anything wrong with my compact job, or my phone come to that, but I wanted a really good zoom.  I probably bore most folk rigid with all my alpaca pictures, but I know you like alpacas, or you wouldn't be looking at this, so I thought you might like to see a few. I just wish I had had this years ago when I was travelling - perhaps I should go back and do it all over again.

Anyway, day two and I'm still learning the basics on the auto mode.  I LOVE this thing!!!! Bloomin' raining now though, so my plans for going out to the bluebell woods this afternoon have been foiled, so I'm going to play about with the pics I took this morning and show you some.

It's just another excuse not to do housework, food shopping, VAT return, end of year accounts, clearing out Rebecca's bedroom, emptying the loft, weeding the garden ..... you get the picture (sorry)




Orchid - of the beautiful eyes


And to make a change from alpacas


Happy Easter  - chocolate big time in this house!!

Busy times lately - lots of visitors, mostly for the alpacas and last weekend we had the Southern Alpaca Group Vet Day here with Peter Aitken - he's just brilliant and as usual everyone learnt lots.

More shows are looming up - the Heart of England next week in Warwickshire and then South of England in East Sussex the following weekend, a last minute decision to enter that one, as we didn't have our shearing date until the day of closing, but we can just about fit in the show before they all get their annual disrobing.  I love to see them after shearing - they look so elegant and streamlined and they seem to love it too.

We delivered a couple more of our pet boys this weekend, they're going to live with a small flock of chickens and ducks within a beautiful old farmyard, a lovely environment for them to live in and I'm sure they'll be very happy in their new home, and should keep those pesky foxes away from their new paddock friends.

It won't be long before the next generation of cria arrive, in around 6 weeks or so, it's been such a long wait and I'm getting very excited as many of these will be from our new Snowmass boys as well as from The Sorcerer, and one from our Incan King boy Eros from Cassandra. Poor Eros suffers from sweet itch - just like some horses, he gets very itchy from the midges. I am putting various lotions and potions on him to try and help the situation but nothing really works for any length of time and he rubs all the fleece off his ears and face, which then of course allows more midges in. I read somewhere that Avon Skin So Soft works on humans to keep midges away, so I've sent off for some - will let you know if it works!! He looks a bit of a mess really and I entered him for the next shows, so I might have to leave him behind, which would be a shame as his fleece is beautiful.

The big boys

Alfie and Jack Black - leaving home