Saturday, 30 May 2009

A lamb, a visit to the show and a rosette.

Life has been pretty hectic around here again. I seem to be saying that a lot at the moment but it's true we don't seem to have any time for sitting down and vegetating, a favourite pastime of mine.
This weekend, yes I know it's only Saturday morning but I am losing track a bit of where we are days wise, has been full on.

We have had the lamb here since Wednesday morning, yes she has a name, no that is not a good idea and no, I don't know if she's staying. She has been given the name Missy Rosemary Mint. I have had no part in the naming process and if it had been up to me Lambsy or Skippy would have done. Anyway when Sue picked her up on Wednesday morning she was pretty much dead. She was freezing cold, unable to stand and not very interested in life. Three days later after a lot of tlc from Sue little Miss Mint is becoming a mischievous little scamp.

She has become a favourite of Angus and follows him and Sue around all day. She has now been ousted into the garden and we have to keep the botom half of the front door closed otherwise she's up the step into the house and getting into trouble. The dogs have adapted quickly and decided that she isn't food therefore she is to be ignored. The alpacas on the other hand don't know what to make of her and seem a little bit terrified.

How can she go back to the flock now? Methinks we may have an addition to the mighty Patou?

Yesterday we took a trip to the Bath and West show. We have taken alpacas the last two years but due to my stupid, get out of the way, yes I know you pay the bills, day job we could only pay a quick visit. Obviously I wanted to get to the alpaca tent and breathe it all in and was delighted when I was asked by the Lord Lieutenant of Inca to lead a lovely black intermediate female into the ring. I was given the largest Inca coat available but it simply didn't do. Luckily there are other alpaca owners with muscles and Gary from Popham saw my dilemma and lent me his 'proper man size coat'.

Into the ring and blow me down 'we' won second place. Now I know it was the alpaca winning the rosette but I like to think it was a real team effort. The lovely girl in question, who behaved impeccably I might add, is owned by Lawrence Shapland of Leytown Alpacas. I don't know if you read this drivel Lawrence but I hope you don't mind the mention.

Anyway, a real team effort by Leytown, Inca, Patou and Popham alpacas saw a second place rosette won. I had my alpaca show 'fix' and was able to leave the show a little happier although I would have loved to have immersed myself for the four days. Never mind there's always next year.

A quick drive home then off to work for me for a 5 to 2 late shift. Up at 7.30 due to a small man calling his new friend and I am away to work again in an hour or so.

Ever wanted to shout 'STOP, LET ME OFF?'.


Lucy said...

Yes - all the time (Stop, let me off)! Well done on "your" rosette. We would so love to attend a big show like that. Any sign of our/Inca's Cardhu? Not sure if he was entered or not. Your lamb is mouth-wateringly cute.... yum!

Mark said...

I didn't see Cardhu and I don't know if he was there. We weren't there for long and were jibber-jabbering etc.
I have to say it was all a bit odd being there without alpacas and having to go home half way through.

C'est la vie!