• "One of the best days of 2012 - hanging out at an alpaca farm"

    Had an email last night from Jerry, who came with her family in September for a visit to the farm. She has written about her visit in her blog and added some fabulous pictures. You can read it here: http://aroadtoknowwhere.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/alpaca-adventures.html

    It was so lovely to read and just what I needed! This final push to get the house ready is really busy and it's easy to lose focus and forget why we are doing this. But her blog has reminded me and if people get pleasure from interacting with outr animals and visiting our farm then that's fantastic! We have sold some more Alpaca Experiences which is exciting but there's much to do around the farmhouse and barn before we're ready to welcome visitors! A loo and a sink for a start! And a path through the mud - otherwise our visitors will be losing their wellies!

    The ponies have grown lovely fluffy coats to keep them warm but do tire of standing in the mud and are quite happy to come into the barn to rest their muddy feet and munch on some yummy hay! Fortunately we've had no more foot abscesses since November - hoping it stays that way.

    Poor Eclipse, one of our alpaca mummies, is still under the weather and looks really scruffy as we've been rubbing salve on her to keep her dry skin moist and supple. Her poor baby has a really greasy head from feeding and rubbing on her mum! Had to give her a little haircut today to tidy her up a bit! The vet came yesterday and has advised that we give her another shot of Dectomax, which is a combined wormer that should help shift any nasties that are nibbling her. She is still losing weight despite having a huge feed every day so we'll see how she responds to this and another dose in two weeks but it might be that we need to wean little Alice early to give Eclipse the best chance of recovering. She has a good appetite which is great but Alice is obviously taking more than Eclipse can cope with whilst she's under the weather.

    The house is looking great. The internal doors are in downstairs and look fabulous - I absolutely love them. The painting is almost finished and the skirting boards are going on. The stairs arrived this week but we're not quite ready to put those up. We should be able to start painting upstairs next week and the underfloor heating will be going down up there. We are waiting for the concrete screed to dry out downstairs before we can fit the floors which I hope will be soon.

    Less than 3 weeks until we move in.....

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