Tuesday, 13 July 2010 09:05

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mary_alpaca_latton_alpacasOn the Malmesbury Road, just outside Minety lies Autumn Lodge Farm where Mary, the alpha female of the herd has given us an insight into the world of alpacas at this time of year.

Read on to hear what Mary's got to say...


Woo hoo - summer is here and it seems ages since I last wrote! The girls and I love the weather. Colin the shearer visited us last week and we all have beautiful new haircuts. Bonita is so relieved that she has kept her signature topknot - otherwise some of the boys get her muddled up with Adora. We told the silly little boys in the field next door that the shearer was called Sean ... and they believed us!

We have been SO busy birthing, everywhere you turn there is a little cria running around and annoying its aunties. We're on J's this year and so far we've had: Jennifer, Jessica, Joseph, Jip, Juliet, Jasmine, Josie and Jasper - phew! More girls than boys, so our humans are happy! They're all really gorgeous ... but seem to have heaps of energy!

We've been to Watermoor School Fete in Cirencester, which was brilliant. The children loved us and the weather was wonderful. We've been to a Young Farmers Rally in Tytherton and the Gotherington Pony and Dog Show near Cheltenham. Everyone loved the little boys that went and by all accounts they were on their very best behavior. We're also off to the Cricklade show again this year in August and fingers crossed for fine weather. Oh - and we had 24 brownies visit us from the 2nd Kemble Brownie Pack and last week BB was adopted by a lady in Essex as a present for her husband on their 'woolly wedding anniversary'! I said to Bonita, they must mean cashmere? Surely they can't be comparing our beautiful fleeces to wool?

An odd-looking animal joined us last week, he is called Billy and the studs have told us he is a goat. He has big curly horns, makes a strange bleating sound and likes licking salt! I think he wants to be friends with us but we're all a bit scared. The chickens don't mind him and appear to be multiplying by the minute. There are now two sets of chicks in the show paddock; they're quite sweet really. There is lots of grass this time of year and the buttercups keep growing too. We hate buttercups, so do our humans. The weather is a bit cooler today but some days we've just stayed under the trees in the shade - even without our coats on.

Think that's everything that has happened here apart from the usual fencing (which is never ending), chain harrowing, topping and general maintenance around the farm. Mine is the next baby due but not until August. I'm really looking forward to getting my figure back.

Just off to keep an eye on the crias playing on the mound - their mums appear too busy munching grass. I'll write again soon,

With love from

Mary x


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