|Very unseasonal rain has filled up our dam again.|
Firstly, from roughly 1.30p.m. on Monday, 6th up to 9.00a.m. Thursday 9th, we had the heavens open.
|The alpaca paddocks were underwater...|
125mm of very unseasonal, but nonetheless very welcome rain fell, drenching everything. There was water, water everywhere. Including the alpaca paddocks. And that created a huge problem. But, looking on the positive side - thank goodness the heavy rain fell now, and not during the icy cold of winter (which should be in May / June-ish), for it highlighted the area's which needed urgent attention, and rectifying those when you have to cope with nasty weather at the same time would not have been pleasant.
|In the centre of the photo there is a smaller|
silver and a green shadecloth roof visible. That is
the shade pergola we made for Kris, and is
right next to the main gate through which we
access his paddock.
Can you see the two of them?
Alpaca's have incredibly powerful kicks - in fact their legs are even stronger than we suspected, as RMan found out when it came time to lead Kris to his separate paddock. Kris' legs locked in, the hind ones spreadeagling to provide more resistance, which meant that RMan had to literally drag him roughly 40 meters! And injured his achilles tendon in the process. Since Kris moved to the other paddock he has been whinging (humming) constantly at the gate through which he entered his paddock - pining for Miranda.
Miranda, being a typical female - warm-hearted, caring, and above all else the mothering sort - deserted her waterproof pergola in order to join Kris at the dividing fence in order to provide him with support and consolation. Which meant that she was out in that heavy rain.
As you can see from the photo above, the new area which Kris (and thus Miranda) now frequent is slap bang in the path of the gravity driven ground water runoff.
|A close-up of the two of them - poor, sodden,|
miserable looking, shorn alpaca's - huddled
together for emotional support and
And when I went out to check them at 6.30a.m. both of them were cushing in a puddle which was ankle deep to me. But, sopping wet doesn't even begin to describe her state. I swear I saw both Miranda and Kris shivering. I put that down to the loss of their magnificent fleece.
RMan and I couldn't, in all fairness, enjoy the cosiness of our weatherproof brick structure, whilst our alpaca's are shivering and miserable outside.
Especially, when you add the icy winds of winter. Do you where this is heading...
|We have never seen that many waterfalls falling|
down the mountainsides. The noise of the wateralls
could be heard from our smallholding - roughly
12kms from the mountains - and that is a first
Our rainwater tanks are all overflowing again...
Which begs the question - can one ever have too much rain water storage?