Sunday, 14 July 2013

She has arrived!

I wrote about how my favourite alpaca in the whole wide world was the next one due to give birth down here in Patouland. I also wrote about living in the field, naked, so keen I was not to miss this most eagerly awaited unpacking. I was desperate not to miss it. Missing the birth of Lily's cria was just not an option. So I watched and waited and waited and watched and do you know what?

I bloody well missed it didn't I!

Yesterday we had an appointment at the local Church fete, the Patou boys were to be on show and we were looking forward to a nice afternoon in the garden of the Old Rectory with a few glasses of Pimms, how quintessentially English, how marvelous! So we packed up and at about 1pm we set off down the road to the fete which is 1.5 miles away. Lily was checked prior to departure and Sue told me (later) that she thought that Lily may be up to something. Half past 2 and Sue was off home to check on things (she still hadn't told me of her suspicions).

Then the text message arrived 'Baby No.14 is.......... a GIRL'. No sooner had Sue got back having done the necessary and I was off back to see my Lily and her new daughter (Lily has never produced a male, three girls in a row). Her latest daughter is simply destined to be coveted down here at Patou HQ, she is gorgeous.

She is absolutely jet black, and is a real live wire. Here she is being a little coy.

She weighed a healthy 10.15kg and had been baked for 344 days. We have called her Whisper.

I am officially in love, all over again!

This has been a very interesting year for us. This is another Qjori daughter and moves our tally up to 8 girls and 6 boys. He has consistently produced black from black females or females with black parentage. We are very pleased.
Now that Whisper is here you might think that we have relaxed our vigil. That is not the case. Next up is Lily's daughter the awesome Amelie. She is now at 328 days and is sure to produce a girl as she has given us two boys so far. The son she had last year is Tsar and little Tsar is the best cria we have ever produced. Qjori has done his bit again and we now await the arrival of a cria identical to Tsar but with lady bits instead! I am definitely not missing this one!

Patou Amelie.


Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Congratulations ...Whisper looks just gorgeous ....fancy missing that one ...Im guessing its back to nature and hiding in the undergrowth in stelth mode ready for the next arrival !! Jayne

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Whisper looks a little cracker...congratulations. Fingers crossed for a Zara from Amelia.

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Great result, but in this weather, has anyone got their clothes on?

Rosemary said...

Congratulations! Lovely!

Bev said...

Fabulous news, lovely girl, congratulations to all.