Friday, 29 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
This was her last photo, taken on her last day out with the girls, she is sadly missed. I had a big soft spot for her, its funny how they make their mark in your heart.....
I had decided ages ago that I wanted to do something very special with her last fleece. I wanted something that I could cherish and keep, something to remind me of the good times and the start of our long lasting friendship. We did have our moments in the early days, but like most, we both mellowed with age. I shall never forget the mighty kick from her one day, which gave me a massive black 'n' blue leg. Pacosha was a bit of a character to say the least.
Unfortunately I was never to manage to have any cria from her, despite being sold as a pregnant female, she never did manage to have any offspring. This was something that I was to find out over time !
I decided to do a little bit of research and found the answer to my quest. This came in the way from a lovely lady called Elaine and 'Calamity Bears'
This was exactly what I had been looking for, I sent off Pacosha's last fleece and then all that was left was for Calamity Bears to work their magic !!
This is exactly what they have done....I received my lovely selection of keepsake's today. The large bear is handcrafted especially for me, using Pacosha's fleece. She was a multi-coloured alpaca and they have made a fantastic job of her. Obviously she is called Pacosha.
The darker one of the two smaller bears is also made with Pacosha's fleece, she is a lovely dark almost plum brown shade. The white bear is made with a different fleece this was made from Zeuss one of my white boys, with the lovely brown toes made from Pacosha.
These bears are very special indeed and will be cherished .......for years to come !
We must remember, that our journey in this world, might take us on different paths....some happy some sad, but ultimately, every thing we love and cherish in this world is only temporary, nothing can last forever.....we should try to make the most of those special things in life,
But our memories can never fade.
I am thrilled with my Bears, a Great 'BIG' Thank-You, to
Elaine and Calamity Bears and obviously Pacosha !
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
This is the evening photo of our new arrival with the herd taking lots of interest in him. All being well we could have around nine of these beautiful bouncing babies.....I wonder if its going to be a Blue year......after all I manged to have four girls from five babies, last year, so I can't complain. At least we have officially joined the Baby Party !!
We have been out and about, spreading the 'Alpaca' word.
On Saturday it was The Grampian Country Fair, held at Fyvie Castle not far from where we live, we were asked by the Scottish Rare Breeds Society.....if we might like to attend, for a Charity Event sponsored by Inspire.
It was an early start for us all, my mam and dad were here to help and my dad had a nice display of his hand carved walking sticks. We were hoping for an early night on the Friday evening, but true to form...that didn't happen !
On the evening when I got the boys in...I noticed that Zelqui was limping...he came hobbling into the barn, I thought I'd better have a good look at his leg, there was me thinking that it might need a good bathing and maybe a quick spray with the Terramycin spray, job done ! No chance of that one, after a close inspection, it was very clear to see that he had a massive tear across the majority of his knee, it was very deep...not a patching up job....but a stitching up job required !
Needless to say the vet was called..after a bit of a wrestle with Zelqui, he is little, but he has a big personality and he is a fidget at the best of times....he was sedated. We managed to restrain him, to allow the vet to stitch him up ....by this time it was nearly 1am......we were eventually finished and by then....I wondered if it was actually worth going to bed ! I didn't get much sleep...and up bright and early around 6am to check and see to the animals before we left.....true to form...Zelqui escaped out of the barn...as I was taking the others out to the trailer, to say he had been injured and should be feeling under the weather, well he was not....he ran up and down the track a couple of times, he was eventually caught and put back in the barn with the others...to have a restful day !
Off, we went to the Show, the weather was typically Scottish Summer, light drizzle and eventually by the afternoon, the sun decided to make an appearance !
The alpacas were wearing their new summer look, this did not seem to detract from their crowd drawing abilities....most of the boys were well behaved, Zerquo spent most of the day humming and Duke decided to leave the pen for a brief moment, by the time I had managed to find a lead rope and imagined myself chasing him round the show ground....thankfully he had jumped back in !
We had a lovely day, meeting lots of lovely people and seeing some lovely rare-breeds and some strange breeds.......but I think it was fair to say it was a success. Most people who know me, know I do not take my animals anywhere, however this was an exception for a very good cause.
We got home safe and sound, the alpacas were back grazing in their field by 7pm as if nothing had happened.....everything was ok when we returned and Zelqui is doing just fine, he has been on several days of injections and pain relief and you really wouldn't know he was injured .... if you didn't know.
It is quite exciting here as of this week..... I am awaiting the arrival of my yarn, I had a lovely conversation today with John at the Border Mill, it is in the post and might be here tomorrow !
Finally as of today....we are officially in the 'birthing window'
I wonder what tomorrow has in store.
Saturday, 2 June 2012
All the young boys are now done !
Zimushka ... looking very different
Mother hen with her chicks now 4 weeks old !
Zeto, sporting his new summer look !
Zanubis has a smile for the camera
Zoretah is as cute as a button !
The Big Boys... checking eachother out
As of Thursday we are all done and dusted !
The alpacas are all wearing their new cooler summer look.
Although the weather is fine during the day, it is still very cold on an evening. Hence they have all been coming in for bed.....this will be until they get acclimatised to their new ....sleek look.
Their fleece is so thick before shearing, that I think it is unfair to expect them to acclimatise immediately and it usually takes a week or two for them to get accustomed to their lack of coat. Last nigh several of them were shivering inside the barns.
The babies especially seem to feel the cold, this is their first time being sheared and it will take a week or two before they harden up !
So this is a good job well done, I had 31 alpacas for shearing not 32 as previously mentioned.....!
It will soon be time for the babies to start arriving all over again, I have one girl who is due as of yesterday then the others are due mid July.
So we only have a few weeks to go, until the pitter patter of tiny feet !