For the record we did attend the Inca Christmas lunch and we would have travelled a lot farther than we did if we had to. It was a very pleasant few hours spent in the company of some crackingly good people. People we are delighted and proud to call our friends. We must do that more often guys, we really should.
Anyway the day before that whilst we had a sprinkling of snow on the ground I was out to take some festive shots. As usual on Christmas Eve the snow has been replaced by the more customary rain and mud.
Here is little Samson, son of my friend Judy. He was sired by Wessex Cosmos and is a nice little fellow, it's just that every time I go near him I have you know who breathing down my neck!
Here is the Clumpmeister enjoying his breakfast of peas, oats and alfafa in the sunshine.
The rest of the herd are tucking in also, it doesn't take them long to polish off a couple of trough fulls!
We have been concerned about the alpacas in the weather that we have had. They have wandered in and out of the old field shelter (new one arrives next week) but have generally stayed out. It has been as low as -6 here but thankfully dry and wind free. It doesn't seem to bother them at all, it probably bothers us more on their behalf. Still with the new shelter arriving soon I will be able to shut the whole herd in at night if required.
All that remains is for me to say Merry Christmas to all readers of this drivel. I have one more shift pounding the streets of Salisbury tonight but as of 0200hrs I am on full speed ahead, all stops to go Christmas mode for ten days. Can't wait to see the face of Angus tomorrow morning.
Anyway, Sue, Angus and all the fluffstables hope you all have a great Christmas and that 2010 is a cracker of a year, especially for alpaca owners!