Yesterday I was at home, in charge. I had plenty of work to do and checked the lardy girls at midday. All was well. Our lovely brown Jack girl, Reeya, was 342 days in and looking a bit 'slack' round the rear end but nothing obvious. Fabiola who had just hit the 11 months mark was also looking relaxed.
At 2.15pm I went out with a bottle to feed Una Paloma Blanca. I could sense that something was afoot in the field. A large group of females were staring at me as if to say "Well what time do you call this you slacker, it's all over!"
I glanced to the left and saw Reeya standing there looking normal. Hang on a minute there was a cria running around her, a brown one. A new one! I then saw her placenta. Fantastic, all over and all well. I trotted, well it was more of a smug wrapped amble really, over to the shed to get the Iodine spray and the scales. On my way back I walked past Fabiola who was in some long grass. As I passed her a wibbly wobbly head rose out of the grass next to her. Woah, another one!
Anyway closer examination revealed that Reeya had given birth to a very handsome light brown boy with the brightest fleece I think I have ever seen, positively glistening! He has been named Whisky Mac and he is very lovely. Some of you may think that he looks a bit fawn, which is ridiculous, everyone knows that we just don't breed fawns. It's the light, tricky under a tree. Probably had the flash going off or something.
He was soon doing lots of this. He weighed in at a healthy 8.55kg and is doing very well. Another Qjori son. 7 girls and 6 boys so far.
Fabiola, who is owned by Ivan and Gill Hayward had produced a beautiful little smoky dark brown Qjori girl. She weighed in at a very feminine 7.15kg and is extremely lively, and lovely, and beautiful.
Fabiola is a Columbus girl and despite the very light brown splodge on her back leg she appears to have produced a nice solid colour, time will tell. Actually it's a beautiful colour.
The next one up into the 'delivery zone' is the big one. My favourite alpaca in the whole wide world, Lily. She is 11 months pregnant tomorrow. I will not be missing that one! No I won't. Not a chance. To ensure that I am here when she gives birth I have resigned from the day job, gone native and am now living in the alpaca field, full time, naked.