Thursday, 11 April 2013

A Camelid Crescendo

There has been a lot going on here at Lane House.  Its been a strange week with some low points, mostly around getting up early too many times, but a lot more highs, in fact a good deal more highs.

Followers of the blog will know that the previous week was a doddle.  Beautiful weather, warm spring with semi-tropical flowers in bloom.  Warm enough to eat breakfast outside in shirt sleeves.  Well that's how it was for me anyway.  Back here things were somewhat more difficult as Bev and the boys dealt with the aftermath of the snow.

We still have a few big piles of snow and a number of drifts that are a few feet deep but for the most part they are retreating and we have grass showing in the paddock. When I say grass, I mean the brown dried and dead vegetation that is where the grass used to be !  Surprisingly as the drifts recede, the grass that they leave behind is better than the exposed stuff.

Noah, snow lord of Lane House.
On a mission to rid the paddock of drifts by personally melting them.

One pleasure was being able to help out a neighboring Alpaca owner (well, OK, not exactly  neighbors, but close). We were able to make a few calls to locate a coat for an Alpaca who needed to keep warm. When thinking who to call, I realised that within a 5 miles radius there are 4 herds and probably 40 animals by my estimate.  There is probably more, we just don't know about yet !  Is this unusual ?  Is the world about to be taken over by Alpacas ?  Anyway, it was a pleasure the help out and great to meet and speak with people of like mind.

Friday was a day off and this was supposed to allow us time to travel up to Carlisle arriving in time to help set up for the NWAG Alpaca Championships.  Alas that was not to be.  There were more pressing things.  Yes even  more pressing than an Alpaca show, and not in a good way ! Bad luck comes in 3s and running around sorting the first crisis Bev's windscreen got a massive chip in it and my exhaust fell off !

We did eventually make it to Carlisle and managed to grab a few beers and talk Alpaca before a bright and early start where we had duties as stewards.

 Bev has developed a knack for Alpaca show results recording.  

This does give her a great view of the show ring but this is not front and center so some of the photos are a bit unusual.

 Andy has a more general portfolio of duties back stage  

But there was a good few visits to the ring to help owners who were short of handlers or who had lively lads to show.

   Here helping out as handler for Houghton Hall .. I think this was a first in class !

Fidel - One of the fine Blackberry Team

A Fowberry boy whispering concerns before the Judge got hands on.  
Nothing to worry about, First place was waiting.  
Fellow bloggers from Barnacre also pictured took the rest of the podium  positions

The brown class is an appropriate place to leave off until the week-end.  We have not quite yet hit the crescendo, but that's enough for now !


  1. Many thanks for all your help with the NWAG Show you rightly point out Bev is a star when it comes to recording results...maybe not so hot at sexing alpacas...that brown 'boy' is the lovely Fowberry Songbird (sire is our Waradene St Patrick...get a plug in where you can!) who went on to win Brown Champion Female!. Looking forward to blog part 2.

  2. That snow is taking a long time to disappear with you. It's all gone here and there is a hint of Spring in the air. Shirley & Robbie

  3. Good old Noah! Go on my son get it melted!

    By the way Camelid not camilid (sory but speeling is won off my fafourit thinks!)

  4. Visitors often comment how they don't see many alpacas, yet through involvement, we know dozens of breeders - because most herds are small, they are kept close to the owners houses, and so you don't find isolated fields with them very often - even many of our large breeders have herds which are small in comparison to flocks of sheep, so they are still fairly inconspicuos - and yes I do find there are quite a lot of owners with three or four, within a close radius.