Sorry it’s been a while! I hope the videos of a birth and shearing have maintained some interest but a manic couple of weeks and limited technology are my feeble excuses.
Well we finally moved into “Hillfield” our splendid new log cabin a week ago and to say we’re chuffed is such an understatement. Massive thanks go to all at Norwegian Log Buildings and all the local trades who have worked on the project. Thanks also go to all our friends and family who have helped and supported us - your interest has been inspiring and we can’t wait to show it off to any interested parties:)
We still have a lot of landscaping to do - Dolan Plant Hire are returning next month and Michael Inglis (MBI) is now on 2 weeks holiday having worked solidly for 8 weeks I think! When he returns he has some cladding to do on the decking and under the front “veranda” plus a glass balustrade to erect on the same.
Our 6 month, most enjoyable, tenancy of the Vicarage in Corbridge came to an end on 20 May and we had 4 mums at 11 months gestation prior to then. Our experience is that our births come relatively early which meant us visiting the land back here at least 3 times a day. Fortunately all bar one hung on but Florens Kizzy did deliver her cria almost 2 weeks ago. We were down to one car at the time but I was happy to be there at the birth (videoing) and Nero Black Inglis, whilst a little, wee is doing well.
Having been moved in over a week now we’ve now entered the “period of wishful thinking” as I always call it. That’s were either Kathryn or I do the early maternity paddock rounds and come back to announce who we think might “do it” today. As it turned out we had to wait until Thursday but then we’ve had one a day since. All seem to be thriving - touch wood - and they include 2 bonny girls, one to our best female Galaxy who had produced boys in each the last 3 years.
Oh and whilst all this was happening we our so proud of our daughter Hannah completing on her first house purchase. Number 60 The Showfield in Haydon Bridge is a lovely 2 bed home just 8 minutes from Hillfield - hope you have many happy years there Han.
We still have 4 mums post 11 months and another 3 reaching that point in the next 4 weeks. We’re always reviewing whether coats are needed, weighing daily and generally checking the imminent mums so there’s plenty to do. My mum and dad arrived on Thursday - perfect timing for the births - as our first visitors to Hillfield. It’s great to have extra eyes about with everything that’s going on! Mum is delighted to have come up with a name for Galaxy’s cria - sired by Houghton Cosmic - she is Nero Black Solar.
We are delighted to be heavily involved in the Alpaca section at tomorrow’s Northumberland County Show. We have our biggest ever show team of 8. The show is full and supported by a large number of breeders from the North, Scotland and some even further afield. It’s always a great day and we’re really looking forward to catching up with everybody.
New at the show this year is a chance to have a short “Alpaca Trek”. Locals may have seen our boy The Chancer on the local BBC news on Friday being walked by Paul Mooney. The trekking will be close by the Alpaca Tent and is facilitated by Fellside Alpacas and ourselves.
The week ahead promises no let up from the madness. Our Alpaca Encounters enterprise has several bookings, we have routine husbandry and faecal sampling to do and the first home matings are due to start - the boys can’t wait.
Off to do the maternity paddock rounds now - who’s turn might it be... ... See moreSee less