• Getting excited

    We are getting quite excited as the build makes progress and our move date gets nearer. I cannot believe the progress that has been made in just 7 weeks. It is remarkable that we now have a whole house that's nearly ready for painting!! And the kitchen is being fitted next week. I have to say that I am ready for the plumbers/carpenters/plasterboarders/insulation guys to finish up now and get their tools out so I can start tidying up and laying claim to my new home!! Not long to go I hope!

    My brother Mark put the Alpaca and cria weathervane on top of the ridge yesterday which looks remarkable small now! Dad is continuing to work like a trojan and takes great pride is keeping the place tidy.

    We finally put the little ponies out today after 3 weeks in confinement for a poorly eye and a hoof abscess. Our farrier gave little Lightning the all clear this morning and they were just so happy to be allowed out. Bless them - they had stopped asking to go out. Think they thought they would be confined forever!

    We gave the female alpacas and babies their vitamin dose today to keep them topped up through the winter. Because they have such thick coats and there is little sunlight they can suffer from a lack of vitamins, especially Vitamin D, in the winter and as they have an important job growing/feeding babies we need to keep them in tip top shape. The vet came and scanned three of our girls who had been mated in the Autumn but unfortunately none of them were pregnant. To be honest, that's not really a bad thing. Two babies (cria) will be enough next year I think whilst we are getting to grips with everything - they are due around May/June time.

    We have started to get bookings for Alpaca experiences and adoptions which is really very exciting. We can't wait to share our animals with others and the money paid will really help towards the cost of their upkeep.

    There are still not enough hours in the day to do everything and I am REALLY looking forward to living at the farm as it will just make life so much simpler.

    And one last bit of news I am thrilled to report is that the farm track down which we have to drive to reach the farm is being repaired today - albeit temporarily - but that will make a massive difference as it had become so potholey! The farmer who owns the track assures us that a permanent fix is on the cards once the frost clears so that will be a weight off my mind!

    I feel exhausted, but excited, optimistic and content about our future as alpaca farmers! Have a good feeling about it!!

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