Well 2009 has finally started , although it hardly seems a year since 2008 started . All in all it has been a good year on balance . We have acquired 6 new alpaca - some bought some bred - and lost one ( RIP Pudding ) .
We have successfully hatched alot of chicks ( 12 ) and still have more of them than Mr Fox ! and our flock has survived colds and sicknesses and is still laying well . With the help of good friends we have constructed shelter for the alpaca ( ' thou the ingrates still won't use it often ) and with support and encouragement as well as some great modifications from many friends we have improved our fencing and pastures , dug our first fruit beds , raised and eaten some fab pigs and had help with the care and rearing of our children , made new friends , oh , and visited much loved family in the USA, what more can you ask !
There have been trials along the way, notably the death of Pudding , and some friends who did not prove too be as good as we once believed , but as year's go it has been good .
And so to 2009 - #4 son starts school full time in a week , and we have more alpaca cria to look forward to in the spring, the PTA is taking a back seat for a while , and my riding is coming along well ( I think ) , we have a holiday booked with dear friends in the summer and a family wedding to look forward to .... all in all it looks like 2009 could be good as well - watch this space!!