Monday 2 November 2015
Back In The Swing
Having visitors throws me out of my routine, its time to get myself back on track, we have had another glorious day of sunshine and blue sky ideal for being out in the garden getting some jobs done in the sunshine.
We started the morning with some harness training the girls,
We harness them up and fasten there leads to a bike inner tube on a fence post,
The idea is the inner tube will give some resistance and the Alpacas learn that pulling away is futile and if they step forward the lead slackens
once relaxed we then handle them all, this will make them all easier and safer for all to deal with in the future and become use to handling for foot trimming, shearing and any medical attention they need, there is nothing worse than a stressed out Alpaca.
we started the training last week end this time they were easier to deal with,
in a few weeks we will start lead training them.
We don't need to do the boys as they are halter and lead trained,
After doing a session with the girls they were released to go about there business, we got started on jobs in the garden
I harvested the last of the corn on the cob and cleared the stalks the goats were delighted with them.
by mid morning it was in the 20's and Martin was stripped of to waist while he was weeding
After weeding a couple of beds I turned out the last of the compost heap onto this bed,
there is still Swiss Chard growing there, some has been picked for dinner tonight.
By late afternoon all the beds were weeded, onions leeks and garlic were planted
All neat and tidy again and the empty beds have been dressed for winter
There are still plenty of things growing, this is the asparagus bed with Oca, Yacon, Globe Artichokes and Jerusalem Artichokes at the far end.
This week will be lots of final harvests of things as everything now winds down.
They are forecasting rain tomorrow and as the week goes on the weather becomes more seasonal.
We sat in the sun this afternoon with ice lollies and couldn't believe its the 2nd of November.