It was weird loading up the trailer with all the show equipment and alpacas and then driving half a mile to unload it all. Weird but very pleasant.
The show has only been going for three or four years but is growing every year and is a cracking day out. The alpacas were surrounded for most of the day and there was the usual array of delightful questions. As you can see in the below picture the word Alpaca features quite prominently on the trailer and the banner. It didn't stop the numerous "Oh look, Llamas", "Are these your Llamas?" etc etc. Patience dear boy, patience.
Angus took Kiera into the show ring in the 'Child's best friend class' which attracted over 40 entries (it was bedlam folks). Angus took the job very seriously and worked very hard to control Kira in the ring. He did a splendid job, we were very proud of both of them.
Here he is accepting his third place rosette! Fantastic result!
The other thing about the show is the air display that accompanies it. We have, in the village, someone who obviously knows a lot of people in the RAF and in the aeroplane world generally. As a result we were treated to an amazing display of aircraft buzzing around above us all day.
I was talking to a neighbour and he says that at the first show there was half a dozen people in the field with the Red Arrows screaming past overhead!
We had stunt planes carrying out amazing aerobatics.
World war 1 bi-planes flying in formation and popping balloons with their propellers.
It was a truly tremendous display and amazing to watch from a field next to the pub in our village, Chicksgrove. Towards the end of the day we had a World War 2 fly past, a beautiful Dakota DC3.
And of course no air display would be complete without the most beautiful plane ever to fly, the Supermarine Spitfire. I tell you, a Spitfire flying over low and fast gets the hairs standing up on the back of my neck every time, awesome.
Since then we have been working hard here in Patouland. Poppy has rejected her cria Roger Resilient. We presume it is because he was sheared. She appears to be looking for her cria whilst he follows her around everywhere. Every time he tries to go under he gets kicked off and spat at. We have checked her out thoroughly for signs of mastitis or anything else that would make her uncomfortable but can't find anything, it seems she just doesn't recognise him. It's heartbreaking and I feel very guilty about the situation. Still he has taken to the bottle readily and being over two months old he is already eating hard food and grazing so he will be fine. We haven't given up trying to get Poppy to accept him back yet and today we will be reuniting Roger with his fleece somehow and hopefully she will realise that he's been there all the time. It is frustrating.
Poppy herself was bottle fed as she was premature and too weak to stand, in fact she was the last cria we had to bottle feed. I will keep you posted.