The flooding of the alpaca paddocks really bothered us, so the first dry window in the rainy weather was seized to proceed with rectifying the situation.
Initially, we had positioned the two stables well apart - not knowing how well the alpaca's got along at that stage, it seemed the most sensible idea.
|Miranda's stable is the closer one on the left|
and Kris' stable is the one just peeping out
on the right
Miranda's stable area remained dry during the downpour - obviously it is on ground that is high enough, and the gullies which we had specifically dug around it in order to divert the water away were working well. I therefore suggested to RMan that we move Kris' stable so that it backs onto Miranda's.
|The new section - almost a passageway -|
from Kris' gate towards Miranda's stable
That involved adding a new section of fence - from his gate, up the existing fence to where his stable was going to be positioned. Easier said than done when the ground is so wet, but we persevered.
We ensured that this new fence was higher than the previous one - we had to re-inforce the old one as Kris managed to get over it. And under it.
|Here you can see Kris inspecting his new "home"|
Then came the task of stripping down the stable - a lengthy task. The only part of the structure that was moved as a complete unit was the roof. (I ended up catching my hand between the galavanised steel and the fence and managed to take a healthy chunk out of it. Ah well, it'll heal.)
The beauty of this blog means that 2 full days work can appear in the blink of an eye, or the scroll of a mouse LOL
|Miranda is taking time to check out Kris' new|
quarters whilst she's chewing her food.
Kris' head always stays firmly rooted to the
"gutter" until every scrap is gone.
|Please keep any complaints about the food|
|This photo shows the trough midway on the fence.|
Any opening, no matter how small it looked,
had to be "clossed" - Kris is amazingly agile
when he wants to be, and being separated from
Miranda has shown us exactly how agile he can be.
|Feeding time at the trough - you can clearly see the|
two stable structures in this photo
And, as RMan remarked today, Miranda is also finally getting used to her stable before her cria is due to be born towards the end of February.
|Here you can see Kris' lower roof beyond|
RMan's only complaint is that now he doesn't see as much of them from the front patio in the late afternoon when it's time for sundowners - they are now spending all their time down the side of the house by their mutual stables and fence.
Mind you, RMan is now spending more time lounging on the fence watching them - I reckon he's besotted with them LOL