• Our First Alpaca Encounter - Saturday 25th May 2013

    We now have our first open afternoon behind us and what a lovely afternoon it was! The sun shined after absolutely horrid weather the day before. We were so glad that we had been organised as there was much to get ready before we opened and if we'd left it until the last minute we'd have been in trouble.

    I made lots of cakes and had some donations from our mums and my friend, Gillian. They went down well, as they always do, and I would like to thank our ducks for making them even tastier!

    Speaking of the ducks, we still have 6 fertilised eggs that are being faithfully kept warm day and night and two of our ducks appear to be taking it in turns! We are expecting ducklings around about 12th June, which is just after our next open afternoon which is a bit of a shame.

    Our visitors enjoyed meeting and feeding the alpacas, grooming the ponies, rabbit holding and making a model alpacas with real alpaca fibre in the barn to take home with them.

    It was lovely to see so many mingling and enjoying a cuppa and a piece (or two!) of cake. My mum and dad were here all morning helping us get set up and I was so proud of all of our girls who mucked in and helped out. It was hard work, but mainly because we had so much to get organised before the day. The next one will be much easier as we are now geared up!

    We are all looking forward to hosting another alpaca experience tomorrow and this one will be extra special as it is a family with two registered blind children. We are going to make it a really tactile experience for them - just need the sun to come out for a little while as a soggy alpaca doesn't feel too nice!

    We are still awaiting the arrival of this year's cria who are due any day. I am grateful that they are still tucked up safely inside their mummies whilst the weather is so awful. We are also ready to start shearing as all of the equipment has now arrived. All we need now is some dry alpacas and a dry, non windy day!

    And after that, the next job is to prepare the piglet house for our new arrivals, due the middle of June!

    Our next "Alpaca Encouter" open afternoon is on June 9th as part of Open Farm Sunday, organised by the charity LEAF but I think we'll need another one after that for visitors to meet all of our new arrivals!

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