A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

August 17, 2008

A Little Lighthearted Lunacy

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A Full Moon and A Colorful Sky

A Full Moon and A Colorful Sky


Saturday evening we were treated to a full moon.  The moon always hangs over the girls pasture and with our wide open spaces and lack of street lighting we are lucky to be able to enjoy natural moonlight at the time of a full moon.  The picture for this post was taken one evening during the middle of last week, when the sunlight reflected over to the clouds and created a beautiful colorful sky. 


The full moon does have its effect on things; last week was one where we heard of all sorts of odd happenings.  The full moon also seems to have an effect on the alpacas, who become frisky and almost silly in their behavior when there is a full moon building.


Ric had been out on Thursday evening and when he came into the house he asked if I was aware of what was going on outside.  I asked what he was referring too and he told me to go outside to see.


In the moonlight I could see the crias bouncing round, chasing it each other and having their usual evening fun time, nothing unusual there.  Then Ric told what he had been referring too; when he had arrived home he had stopped to watch the crias playing.  As he watched the crias would rush over to the gate that adjoins the weanling pen and at the same time the weanlings would rush over to the gate too.  The two groups would screech to a halt at their respective sides of the gate and then take off running back to the opposite sides of their pastures.  Once at the other side of the pasture the charge to the gate would take place again followed by the dash back across the pasture.  The two groups were just having some fun; you might even say they were enjoying a little lunacy.


By the time I had got outside the “charge the gate” game had finished, but as we continued to watch the alpacas the two groups started to prong around their pastures, in a show of their enjoyment of the evening air and light.  It was fun to watch them prong, that lovely, bouncy gait that alpacas exhibit when they are feeling really good and lively.  Two groups of alpacas, one consisting of the crias, the other of the weanlings bouncing around their pastures, heads up, ears alert and tails arched, showing the world that for them all was well.  A little lunacy perhaps, but a lot of lovely life if you ask me!



January 23, 2008

Whatever Next!

Well yesterday was pretty eventful, so much so that it took me 5 ½ hours to do morning chores.  I think that has to be a record!

It was just one of those days with one thing going wrong after another.  Frozen faucets, a leaking automatic waterer, two male alpacas with bloody ears (in separate pastures and fortunately nothing serious, just the result of frisky wrestling boys on a cold morning), a female alpaca with a grungy eye (again thankfully nothing serious, just an inturned long eyelash, but still requiring the eye to be bathed), and a 40 lb sack of beet pulp shreds that split open as I lifted it out of my truck to put it in the feed shed.  It just seemed that life was determined to challenge me yesterday.  The good news of the day was that my dental appointment for a filling was cancelled due to the dentist coming down with stomach flu.  I hate to think of the poor dentist being ill but at least it meant I didn’t have to rush to that appointment on top of everything else.  I did chuckle though as I thought of how many dental patients were overjoyed at the news that their appointment had been cancelled for the day!

I think there were two causes for yesterday’s mayhem; first Ric is away for the week (a sure way to ensure everything is going to break down in his absence) and also a full moon.  I need to remind myself to never let Ric leave town during a full moon again, the combination of the two is too much to handle!

That full moon was spectacular last night at Sunset, it was huge and golden as it rose over the horizon and I couldn’t help but admire it despite the problems it had caused during the day.  

Oh well, I survived the day and am now more educated in the inner workings of an automatic waterer, plus the dogs and I had a great walk in the beautiful moonlight.  Fingers crossed the gremlins will be worn out after yesterdays mischief and today will be a quieter day.


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