Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Pink Spinning

Spent the afternoon spinning, finishing off the natural dyed yarn in pinks and lilacs. Then plying up some natural dark fawn. No chance for any papercrafting today, but I do want to make some tags, now I have the embossing folders and the raspberry plate I can get started.

You can get an idea of the colours from the photograph. Lovely evening sunshine and bird song.

Monday, 27 February 2012


I don't know where I have found the time, but I have got some Spellbinders dies and just had to have a play. Love the fun

Need to practise my faux glue pearls, could do better.
Thank you Spellbinders.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Snowdrops & fieldfares

Got all the paddock cleaning finished before the rain started. The snowdrops are still about and the fieldfares are here. It is 10.7 degrees at present.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Pancakes Birthday

Hi, it is Pancakes birthday today. She was born on Shrove Tuesday, her dam was pregnant for Australian summer when we bought her. A lovely female alpaca she has provided us with two cria and number three is due later this year. We have repeated a successful pairing of Pancake and Regency, our Comissario male, that produced an excellent female, Honeysuckle, with plenty of fine fleece.
It is a perfect sunny day today, started with a good frost, which meant that as the ground warmed up it became too difficult to finish the paddock cleaning, just means more for tomorrow, but that's another day !!
Have been busy dyeing and spinning some yarn using cochineal lots of pinks, mauves and damson colours. Will try to get a picture when all is completed, and making some fancy tags.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy St Valentines

Hi, the sun is out today, but the paddocks are still not dry enough for working on. The alpacas were all pleased to see us this morning we fed their supplementary feed and topped up the hay, thankfully the water troughs are all clear of frozen water now. The barn is looking much better for the clearing out, hay delivery tomorrow to top us up, spring is just around the corner now !! Hope that you have a lovely St Valentines Day. I am off for a coffee now.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Show Entries

Just completed our entries to The Futurity Show, it was a difficult decision but decided against taking any alpacas to the halter classes, instead giving the fleece show a go this year. Then the difficult decisions on which fleece to choose, with so many good alpacas to pick from after much discussion and handling we narrowed it down to two whites. We had plenty of free time over the week end as the ground was covered with snow so no paddock cleaning possible, hoping to catch up today, but although the snow has now gone, the ground is too wet for working on. Roll on tomorrow, but for today it is cleaning out the barn and taking a trip to the tip.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Snow or No Snow ?

All the hatches are battened down, just in case !! We have finished the re-roofing of the field shelters and all the alpacas have their hay rations. It is very cold but so far no snow or rain. I have some spinning to keep me busy this afternoon.