Doggy Diaries

Enjoying the summer

Rosie: What a summer so far! Luckily all the alpacas and sheep were shorn back in May so they’ve been able to properly enjoy some dust baths and hosepipe showers in the hot weather.

We woke up one morning in June to find a new baby up and already feeding in the field!  It was a lovely day so Bambi obviously thought she’d get it over with nice and early to enjoy the rest of the day.  She is a female cria, called Dority, pictured here with her Mum at feeding time.

Feeding Time July 2018

 

As we only had one male cria last year, Obi had to move in with the big boys on his own.  He wasn’t very happy at first and obviously missed his mum a lot, but here he is stretching out in the sunshine.

The sheep are looking much better now they’ve had haircuts, I think you’ll agree!

 

 

 

 

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A couple of pics and a quick update!

Misty: A couple of weeks ago the grandchildren visited for the holidays and they had an Easter egg hunt around the garden. Here’s a picture of Major Tim seeing what he can spot over the fence! I don’t think he found any, but if he did, he definitely didn’t share them with me.

Major Tim

As always, a lot has happened since our last diary entry.   In short, we now have sheep. It all started when we acquired ‘Martha’ from a local farmer who moved his lambs into the next door orchard.  One of them had a bad leg so Mum (Elaine) started looking after her. One thing led to another and soon ‘Martha’ moved in. Last summer Molly and Mabel were brought home.  They are teddy bear sheep, and although I hate to admit it, they are rather cute, although rather in need of a haircut at the moment. Here’s a picture of them when they first arrived (looking a little sheepish),  but we’ll put up another one once they’ve been sheared!

Molly and Mabel

We’ll write again very soon!

Doggy Diaries

19th February 2015

Misty: I can’t believe it’s been such a long time since we’ve updated you on what’s been going on here at Garsons Field! In 2014 we welcomed four new girls, and subsequently, three new babies. They have all gradually got used to us and have now settled completely in to our alpaca herd. Bambi, in particular, is a definite favourite of the boys. She has proven rather distracting for Angelo over the last few months.

At the end of 2013 the eldest grandchild and family moved back to North Somerset. We now get Cesca over to play every week and she’s great for cuddles and protesting when I lick her (with my lovely doggy breath).

Rosie, my mum, has a new boyfriend. He comes up the road most nights to visit her and she is always looking forward to seeing him (albeit by longingly gazing at him through the kitchen door). I don’t see what the fuss is all about and prefer to sit by the fire.

You’ll notice a new page on our site being uploaded soon – ‘Buffy & Spike’. Buffy and Spike are Blue Tits that moved into our webcammed birdbox last spring and had five chicks. They have all continued to come back to the bird feeder over the Autumn and Winter but we are now delighted that Buffy and Spike have decided to make our birdbox their home for another round of parenting.We’ll be keeping you up to date with their progress and posting photos from the webcam.

Please come back soon to see our updated pages!

 

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25th November 2012

Rosie: It feels like we should start gathering up two of every animal here at the moment, or maybe two dogs, two chickens and twenty-five alpacas! Too many nights this week we’ve watched the water rise up above the sunken patio and threaten to come in the kitchen. I forgot on Thursday night and went charging out the back door, off the top patio and all my owners heard was a big splash.

Sadly, Poppy died of pneumonia in early October, leaving behind 2 month old Marcellus. He is now being bottle fed 3 times a day and can usually be seen waiting at the gate for his next bottle! Jonnie (Evie’s cria) has also been bottle fed since he was born, after his difficult birth and Evie’s problems afterwards. He is getting some milk from his mum but because his weight gain is so slow he has his own little bowl of Camelibra soaked in warm milk, twice a day. Lissie the vet payed us a visit the other day to microchip the four cria and gave Jonnie a full check over at the same time. Except for being tiny he is very resilient and eats grass and hay non-stop!

 

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8th September 2012

Misty: While i’ve found a cool, shady spot where I can lay down in the garden, Rosie is going completely crazy chasing up and down the fence, barking at the boys. The girls have wandered into the top paddock and this has upset Sonny and Adam. They are shrieking and running around trying to get the girls attention. Leo and Charlie are trying to join in, and the two who normally enjoy a good neck wrestle and play fight (Angelo and Alfie) are stood watching, looking rather bemused.

The final two cria were born this week. A beautiful little girl with a bow on her head for Lucina (we have yet to pick a name for her) and a dark brown boy for Evie, who is called Jonnie (after Jonnie Peacock, who won the Men’s T44 100m the day the cria was born). Have a look at the pictures below!

We thought poor Selene had broken her foot earlier in the week, but after the vet came out, checked her over and gave her a dose of metacam, she seems fine – she must have just got it caught in a rabbit hole and needed a day of recuperation with Annie Rose in the shed.

Jonnie
Jonnie
A new baby alpaca
Our new baby girl

 

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26th August 2012

Rosie: I’m not Rosie today – I’m Timmy! The grandchildren are playing Famous Five and have cast me as leading dog (Misty is ‘Tinker’ – The Sticks dog from ‘Five Run Away Together’).

The sun is shining and we are waiting for either Evie or Lucy to give birth. Kimani has already had a baby girl call Keziah and Poppy a little boy, called Marcellus.

The hay was baled and gathered back in July and the boys are now all in the big top paddock – so they’re not easy to spot sometimes, but at least the short grass and bugling alpacas keep the fox away.

The fox had claimed most of the chickens and we are left with Lenny (the cockerel) and Mad-Eyed Maisy (who Lenny doesn’t fancy as much as he did the others). Hopefully we will get some more to keep them company soon.

Have a look at the photo of Keziah and Marcellus below – we will keep you posted when the other babies are born!

Kesiah and Marcellus
Kesiah and Marcellus
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2nd June 2012

Misty: Exciting times here at Garsons Field. Colin the shearer came over on Friday afternoon and gave all the alpacas hair cuts. This was the second time he’s visited recently as the animals were too damp when he came up before. Alfie was the first to be shorn, but wouldn’t leave the pen until his best friend Angelo had been done too. We were very impressed with Angelo and his sister Lorelei’s fleeces – no wonder they looked hot last week!

We’ve also been busy decorating the gate for the Regil ‘Great Gate Walk’ (a competition within the village for the best Jubilee themed decorated gate). Have a look below at some of the pictures we put together to hang up!

HRH Holly, complete with corgi
HRH Holly

 

Boomy lighting up the BBQ
BBQing Boomy
Cholina with tea and scones
Tea and scones, ma’am?
Charlie showing off his shelter with Queen portrait
Charlie’s favourite royal

 

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22nd January 2012

Rosie: The picture above was taken back in September, before the garden and paddocks turned to mud. Now, when we’ve been outside we have to wait a long time in the kitchen, before our paws are clean and dry and we can sit somewhere more comfortable.

The Alpacas all had their vitamin injections the other week and we are now waiting for some of the girls to be scanned to see how many babies we can expect this year. I can’t believe how big the 2011 cria have become – it must be all the food they eat!

We saw a Snowdrop today (the flower not the alpaca) and despite it being very windy, the sun is shining so hopefully spring is on the way!

 

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28th August 2011

Misty: I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the summer already! It seems to have gone very quickly because there has been so much activity. Six baby alpacas have been born, which always causes a lot of excitement, and all the hay has now been bailed and is safely stored in the sheds.

We have also had lots of lively visitors over the holidays as the grand children have been staying on and off over the school holidays.

Besides the new cria, Rosie and I also have 2 new chickens to watch! Leg-bars Leonora and Lizzie have joined the ladies in the hen house – something to do with silkies going broody and no eggs!