"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Thursday 20 February 2014

Tenter hooks...

Miranda is comfortably cushing on the pile of
straw I've laid down in her stable
The photo is a tad blurry - I didn't want to
go too close and disturb her - she always
gets to her feet when I walk into the stable
 RMan and I are waiting with bated breath...
Doesn't she look adorable :)
I'd love to know what thoughts are
going through her mind...
There's plenty of humming happening, visits to the midden and cushing.  All signs that the birth is imminent.
RMan installed a 12 volt light - just in case
Miranda has her baby during the wee early morning
hours when it's still dark...
We'd hate to be handling our first alpaca birth by torchlight, and, as Alpaca's generally given birth to their cria between 12 midnight and 12 noon, RMan has installed a 12volt light with a solar charged 12 volt Deep Cycle battery in Miranda's stable - just in case she has a really early morning delivery.  


  1. Oh, how exciting!! Let us know when that little one arrives.

  2. Hopefully not long now, good planning with the light. Are you going to be going out to check on her regularly through the early hours? Sleepless nights ahead ?

    1. dreamer - Sleepless nights indeed - at least until the cria is born- and from then on it's Miranda's responsibility ;)

  3. Dani - i can't wait for the little one to arrive - this is so exciting!!! and i am glad that RMan set up the light - how awesome! you are going to have to take many, many pics!!!

    your friend,

    1. LOL kymber - me neither ;)

      I will, I will, I promise - the camera is charged and ready... :)

  4. Nearly there - this is definitely an exciting time. Can't wait to see the pics of baby.
    Love from Mum

    1. Mum - Oh, t'is indeed. And fraught with anticipation of the birth of our first ever farm animal... :)


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