Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Open Afternoons

Our 2 Open Afternoons were brilliant. We really enjoyed showing our alpacas to everyone who came to see them. Normally when we are out & about talking about the alpacas we are at shows or events & only have a few aged about 1 or 2 so it was lovely to show off the cria (babies) with their mums, Friday is now nearly 6 months old & Freya the youngest 2 months. I hope everyone who came found the afternoons interesting.

If you couldn't make the dates we opened, we are going to have another open day in the Spring. We are always happy for anyone interested in owing alpacas to ring for an appointment to come & see them.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Yorkshire Alpaca Show at Thirsk

JandJ Hope
We had a fabulous day at Thirsk yesterday. Very early start but it was worth it. We took 6 alpacas & came home with 5 rosettes and a sash. James was one of the penning stewards & we took some of our products to sell as we are members of the Yorkshire Alpaca Group.

It was the first time we had entered any girls this year & we decided to take Hope, Peace & Ruby Tuesday & our boys who we have shown before this year Kitt, Frazer & Diesel.

The stewards decided that Peace should be moved from the brown class to the black class. This meant that in the first class of the day, the intermediate female black huacaya class, Hope was the first alpaca into the ring & Peace was 5 alpacas behind her. Hope was given a 2nd Rosette and Peace a 5th. As the 1st & 2nd of each class go forward to the Championship for Champion Black Female Huacaya Hope was in the ring again & this time came away with a Reserve Champion Black Female Huacaya sash. We are so pleased with this, as it is our first sash & Hope is the daughter of Mississsippi Moonlight one of our original 4 alpacas.

Ruby Tuesday was next in the ring in a large class of fawn girls & unfortunately did not get a rosette. People wandering round the pens though did really like Ruby the best out of all our alpacas.

Next it was the turn of the boys, Diesel was first as he is black & came out with a 5th Rosette.
Kitt was next, he is a gorgeous beige & the son of my alpaca Skylark, & he came out with a 2nd Rosette.
Frazer was last, our lovely white out of yet another of our original 4, Luminaria who always has gorgeous cria, he was in a large class, the top 6 were pulled forward & Frazer was one of them, then the judge placed them in order & he was moved to 3rd place which he kept and came out with a 3rd rosette.

Friday, 14 October 2011

JandJ Henley

JandJ Henley at a couple of days old.
Henley is a very handsome alpaca boy. He was born on Friday 14th June at 10.30am. This time we saw the birth. Last year when Ashley his mum had Diesel we were busy in the field with a mating & she managed to deliver him in a dip under the tree without us seeing at all!! Unlike Diesel Henley is fawn like his sisters Thea & Gem. They all have beautiful fleeces, Thea was the best of her year & I think that Henley will be similar. Looking forward to showing him maybe next year, we will have to wait & see.

Friday, 7 October 2011

JandJ Dappy

JandJ Dappy

JandJ Dappy was born on 16th June at 11.30am, he had an uncomplicated birth & we watched, he was a nice large cria and up and feeding with the hour, ju

st what we like to see. His mum is Poppy a home grown girl, one of Coco Chanel's daughter's. She is very similar to Coco but a little lighter coloured & prettier, at a distance hard to tell apart. Dappy is gorgeous, he is Poppy's second cria, she had Lucia last year. Dappy is fawn but has Poppy's mid brown on the end of his nose which looks like he has had his nose in the marmalade jar.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

JandJ Nayte

Ella Fitzgerald had Nayte on the 4th of June at 10.30am & we missed the birth as we were showing alpacas at Kenilworth Show. It was a lovely sunny day & we had left Nanny in charge to watched and make sure everything was ok .
Ella is an import & generally does her own thing, apart from shearing, injecting & tow nail clipping, we leave her alone or maybe that's, she leaves us alone. If we are gathering everyone together she & Nayte are at the other end of the field. She is the joint second eldest alpaca we own, 13 this year. Ella always has beautiful cria all black apart from Merlin who is mid fawn & so handsome, Ned we have sold, Nell always first at the fence to see what is happening & to be talked to & now Nayte. We have not seen too much of him as he is always at Ella's side but as he is getting older he is being allowed to come to us a little more.
I wanted his name to begin with an N & like the name Nathaniel (Nathaniel Parker now in Merlin) but needed the name to be shorter so Nayte it is.