|This pic was taken 2 minutes ago and shows the|
waterfalls cascading down the Langeberg Mountains
12 kms to the north of us
We had an absolute downpour last weekend (40mm), and then more rain yesterday and today (25mm) - they are probably the last of the heavy falls for this year. It topped up the dam beautifully though - oh, and the bentonite that RMan lined the dam with, is working a treat, as the dam is holding water far better, and for longer, than it has done in the past.
|This pic shows two waterfalls (in the centre|
between the two trees)
- these are roughly 25 - 30 kms to
the north east just above the
Our rainwater barrels are all overflowing - that'll help us during the forthcoming heat of summer.
|Silly girl - she got soaking wet.|
And then she went under the
But, there is nothing sadder looking than a soaking wet alpaca. My heart ached for Miranda - her coat is so much thinner than Kris' as all her nutrition is going to her cria.
|Kris has such a thick coat on him|
that I doubt the rain has a
chance to penetrate. He looks
hysterical, though, with his
fringe plastered flat on his
|Miranda - soaked through...|
The recycled containers, (which were
thoroughly cleaned) from our eco-friendly paint
make perfect water containers :)
We have discovered the cost of animal feed - the alpaca's eat a portion of 12% maintenance meal (lucerne pellets, tiny chopped grass / seeds, and crushed corn) twice a day, as well as lucerne and "long grass".
With that in mind, a local farmer friend popped passed a couple of weeks ago and said that he was going to be harvesting in a few weeks time. When we enquired if we would be able to purchase bales from him, he was more than happy to oblige.
So, when we were running low, we gave him a call. He gave us directions and off RMan toddled with the trailer...
|We never suspect just how useful the trailer (that|
we purchased for nothing) would become LOL
RMan managed to fit two bales into the trailer - the second one was perched rather precariously on the end of the trailer, but it made it safely home :)
|All hands on deck to move the|
bale - it weighed 180kgs
|What is this...?|
|RMan, Wayne and John rolling the 2nd bale to|
Kris' future paddock
|This pic to give you a perspective on the two|
paddocks - the 2nd one - Kris' future home -
is behind the shadecloth protected trees in
|Gotcha! Guess they finally couldn't resist sampling|
the meal on offer.
Yum, yum :)
Four hours later the two were spotted helping themselves to what had just been placed in the pantry.
And the birds are loving having the alpaca's around - nothing nicer than swiping the odd seed here and there from the bales. A stocked pantry for them too :)
Life is good :)