• Our first auction

    Well we heard about a smallholders auction taking place today nearby that also included an alpaca dispersal sale. After reading up on the breeder we decided to go, despite the awful weather including snow! We didn't really know what to expect and didn't realise it would be outside all day so we were absolutely freezing! We had a good look at the alpacas and decided we would like to bid on a couple but still hadn't got a trailer so missed a couple that we would have liked! There were trailers up for auction but they were the last lots. When Just Kilamanjaro came up for auction we couldn't resist bidding as he has such an amazing fleece and temperament and is a prizewinning brown stud. We were thrilled to get him and made a quick phone call to check we could borrow a trailer from our friend in case we didn't win one at auction! We also bidded on and were succesful with 3 Khaki Campbell ducks and then also won a duck ark and run phew! Otherwise they were going to have to live in the pony stable until we sorted a house for them!!

    So finally, after 7 hours in the cold, we hitched up our new trailer and loaded all our winnings in! Very exciting. Kilamanjaro is very vocal and not really enjoying being in isolation :-(. We might bring a friend in tomorrow for him as I can't bear him to be on his own! The ducks seem relieved to be out of a cage and in their new home. So looking forward to some better weather so we can let them out for a run around.

    The groundwork needed on the farm has been delayed due to the awful weather but our groundworker is due to start work on Monday - really need some dry weather. That has delayed us opening to visitors but we're hoping to be ready by end of April. It woudn't be much fun for visitors or the alpacas going out for a walk in all this mud anyway to be honest.

    Will post some pics of our new farm residents when the weather is a bit better!

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