Sunday 22 March 2015

Sit-and-ride mower.

Four days until The British Alpaca Futurity at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry - this afternoon I gave the trailer a spring clean, rinsing off the green lichen, so it is gleaming. New banners have been made for the pen, and I have written the list of 'stuff to take'

Thanks to good weather, the show team of three are quite clean (paddock condition). We have continued halter training, and today I enlisted my grand-daughter, Pixie, and daughter, Kerry to introduce some new faces, with the hope that Florina would be happier to walk - as you can see, she was more interested in the lush grass up the avenue, than going for a walk!
Once back in the paddock, Pixie (age two-and-three-quarters) requested a ride on an alpaca, so we nominated Fortune, as he is the biggest, and he was quite happy for her to sit there.
We can only hope that the sense of 'occasion', and the interest in the new sights, sounds and smells of the show ring will sharpen their walk in the 'catwalk' of the show ring....
Meanwhile, on friday, I joined the alpacas for the eclipse, to observe their behaviour as the false dusk fell..
Scrumpy wonders what is going on as the eclipse begins.

The eclipse 'party' is in full swing!
The eclipse is three-qaurters finished.

At the back, Florina is 'disttracted' by Scrumpy our stud male...
See you at The Futurity, hopefully - come and say hello.


  1. Lovely eclipse photos...we just had cloud so nice to that some folks had a room with a view!

    Good luck at the Futurity!

  2. Good luck..see you Thursday!

  3. Team Apple Vale look all spruced up and ready to rock at the Futurity - good luck. Good eclipse photos too. Shirley & Robbie

  4. Sorry this is a bit late! Best wishes for the Futurity!!