Thursday, 9 August 2012

All you need is Love .... and A Little Bit of Sunshine !!

 Me and my friend (Zoretah)....having an alpaca moment.  A brief break for a cuppa tea, a quick cuddle and back out again to carry on turning the hay. Its that time of year again, I have started hay making,or to be more precise, probably making haylage.  Just depending on the weather.  I have two fields cut at the moment.  I'm hoping to do it in stages..... weather pending.

Some of the girls and the babies tonight, watching me as I took the dogs for a walk up the wood.  Its been a dry day with the odd break of sunshine.  I'm hoping that the haylage will be ready for Saturday as the weather is due to change again for Sunday.

 Alright for some about an afternoon siesta.  Its a hard life in the piggy department.  They don't even wake up when you walk past, just the odd grunt and grumble, in case you happen to have food and then its a different story.

 Trying to make hay when the sun shines, is a bit of a risky business at the moment.... but we are giving it a good try. The tractor is doing a good job, it has had a bit of an overhaul, new starter motor and replacement rear window....the lights have been fixed and we have fitted a none return valve to stop the fuel seeping back, which makes starting much better.  Knocky Nora, has even had a hover, so we are all spic n span.  Just keeping my fingers crossed that everything works well.  Today I have serviced the hay turner, before starting, tightened up a few nuts and bolts and given all the grease points a good going over.  This afternoon we were running like a dream ..... have I spoken too soon.... time will tell !

 Spirits are high here in Zanzibah Land at the moment.  The girls and babies were having a good run round yesterday, I managed to capture a quick photo on my phone.

And finally Duke ! with Wellground Stravinsky in the background.  Duke is always watching you, just incase you sneak up on him...he is a real character.  I'm hoping to use these younger boys this year on some of my females.  If they are ready for the challenge.


Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Loving the photo of Duke, he looks so much like his mum Gabby.

Our hay has been turned toady too, fingers crossed for some dry days eh!

Judi B said...

Those "alpaca moments!" are wonderful, how great to capture the one with Zoretah in a photo! Good luck with your hay making!

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Lovely photos Jayne...they just sum up alpaca ownership.

Much more promosing forecast for hay than when we did ours...we just like a bit of stress!

Rosemary said...

Good luck with the hay!

You are looking very glamorous in that photo!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Hope the weather is kind to you for the hay making - sounds like your equipment is well-prepared.

Terry said...

Such a sweet cuddle photo!
I hope the weather holds for the hay making. We are in an extreme drought, and hay prices are through the roof.