Scary stuff

Gulp – I just asked the question “how do I go about swapping domain names over so that the new WordPress site replaces the old Blacklands Alpacas one ?”, and here we are – hope you like it ! It still needs a bit of tidying up, so I’d better get on with that before too many people see it in its current state.

A busy day …

… for both of us today.  Pat went off to the annual Fleece Fair put on by the Somerset Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers at Hatch Beauchamp near Taunton, taking lots of fleeces with her – many of which she sold.  Meantime, I took four of our yearlings down to the annual Street Fair in Othery near Bridgwater, where they caused great interest, and where Blacklands Fairfax starred in the “Guess the weight of the alpaca” competition (for anyone there who didn’t hear the final announcement, he weighed 42.4 Kg).

First steps with WordPress

Woohoo, I’ve got WordPress installed and am using my domain www.closing-down.co.uk in order to test and gain familiarity with WordPress before taking the giant leap and transferring blacklandsalpacas.co.uk over to the new scheme.

Please enter a comment on this post so that I can see how that works !

Shearing day – over for another year, thank goodness

Well, the day that many alpaca owners dread is now over.  62 alpacas shorn, resulting in 124 bags of fleece (first and second qualities), together with a few bags of rubbish.  An average yield of just over 2 Kg per animal.  Colin came along with an assistant this year, so we had two shearing mats on the go, but it all worked out very smoothly once we got the workflow going.  Phew – exhausted.

Bath and West show and first crias of 2012

We took our show team along to the Bath and West showground on Tuesday, and then attended the show ourselves on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  We also had a small craft stand showing (and selling) our yarn and products.  Numbers attending seemed to be down on previous years – largely we suspect due to the fact that it was not half term (due to most schools scheduling half term the following week, to take advantage of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee bank holiday).  Unfortunately, many of the schools brought along groups of children, many of whom seem to have no idea of how to behave en masse !  Much better when they’re with their parents (grumpy old man speaking there).  Nevertheless, we received quite a few serious enquiries from people thinking of buying some alpacas for flock guardians.

On the Wednesday, Rhona finally produced her cria, an extremely healthy female sired by Langaton Caliban  – fawn/brown head, saddle, rump and rear legs with white neck, chest and front legs !  Iced coffee comes to mind.

Rhonas 2012 cria

And then on the Saturday, Antonia delivered hers, this time a solid black male and the first of this year’s much-anticipated crop of crias sired by “Daer Enahs Streslecki of Cambridge” – what a mouthful – for convenience hereinafter and henceforward to be referred to as “Strez”.

Antonias 2012 cria