Friday, 16 August 2013
Fine and Dandy!
We seem to be stuck at five v thirteen to the boys, as despite some fine weather we have had no more births. I have double checked and Pebbles was definitely only mated the once...so 394 days today!
The good news is that the Florfenicol has done the trick and Fine Design is now fine and dandy, and has the appetite of a horse. It is lovely to see her healthy again. In fact all of the new livery girls have settled really well. They have already gained a few pounds on the lush Eden Valley grass.
This morning we had a visit from Ray and Sarah from Border Fine Arts. Ray is the master sculptor at Enesco, and has been working on a model of a dam with cria at foot. Border Fine Arts are renown around the world for the quality of their design and attention to detail...I can now see why...Ray wanted to see for himself the fleece styles, fleece growth, colours and confirmation before taking the model to the next stage. It is looking great and I will certainly be commissioning one.
I don't seem to have had the luxury of the time to sit in the cria paddock with the camera this year. So I am afraid it is snaps from the iPad...
Halle and Eddie our to Explorer progeny
The view down to the house and barn from the cria paddock (Boxster and Barnaby facing)
Everyones favourite...Raffles ( dam: Rumour Has It sire: St Patrick)
Cats Pyjamas and The Crafter always together (both St Patrick progeny)
Some of the liveried alpacas settling in well
We have been sent some photos from NZ of a female progeny of our soon to be imported male; Timbertop CT Goldmine ET (whom I have noticed has a full ET sister - born 2008- in Australia who has a micron of 17.7 and SD of 3.0....It's certainly genetic then!). Empire Miss Demure (below) is entered in the halter class at the WAC next month.
Fleece of Empire Miss Demure (sire Timpertop CT Goldmine ET) and below (great fleece length which has meant it has slightly gone past its very best for showing...but still lovely)