Saturday 5 May 2012
Exploring a new approach!
Getting a shot of Beck Brow Explorer in full fleece, and with all his red ribbons on display, is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Firstly living in Cumbria the opportunities are few and far between (it does rain rather often and if it isn't raining it is blowing a gale)...then we need 2 people at home...and Explorer does not like dressing up.
So today we siezed the moment...no rain...not much wind...and I had the idea that Explorer could be spared the dressing up if we placed his ribbons on a fence behind him...not a bad effort...except Velvet has managed to get in the shot!!!...maybe Photoshop will be able to sort that out?!
There hasn't been much crack to report of late (it was pointed out to me last week that crack is not universally understood to mean gossip...I looked it up in the dictionary...it is there; "northern dialect for gossip"...obviously not in the Australian dictionary!). I have been to Scotland to deliver 100 kilos of yarn to our weaver. As well as new scarf designs, we will be adding wraps and cushions to our collection. I have also collected some knitwear designed by the very talented Valarie Joyce...These will be on the website as soon as they have been photographed.
We did have another dog drama last week. We noticed that Tyke, our minature Yorkie, was behaving in a very similair way to how Velvet had behaved when poisoned. Recognising the signs, we got him to the vet sooner, but he also lost his sight and hearing, although he was not at the stage of fitting. He was given charcoal (to absorb the poison) and given intravenous fluids for 24 hours. Like Velvet he is now perfectly well again. However, the worry was that it obviously wasn't fungi that had poisoned Velvet and we didn't know what it was. The National Posions Agency was contacted. The conclusion that they have come to is that it is our wormer. The dogs eat the alpaca poo and digest the medication. We started using Cydectin 2% a couple of years ago when we had an outbreak of mites. It is long acting and covers the life cycle of the mite. However we will not be using this product in the future. It makes sense as we had wormed the 2 new females the day before Tyke took ill and we have checked our records and that would also fit with Velvet.
On the subject of poo...in order to spare my bad back, Paul has been doing most of the poo picking lately...it now seems that we need a new piece of kit...as it is 'ridiculous going around with a poover with so many alpacas'...I saw he was eyeing something up in the barn when we were at Bozedown Alpacas....something that goes on the back of a tractor...I hope that he isn't going to pretend he isn't going to enjoy poo picking in the future!