written by Amen Ra (Ted) The Alpaca of Distinction
August 2007 Hi! its me again. The thing is when the BOSS comes down we all get so excited we forget all about the news for the Diary – and you would not believe all the things that go on down here!
Babies everywhere, and all but one are beautiful girls, well Chester (he’s the only boy) he’s beautiful too – but all those girls! How lucky can you get? Well, actually how lucky can Barnaby, Ivory, Alex and Ebony get? Next summer will be sooo exciting.
Back to this summer. Do I hear you ask "What summer"? Well us Devonions have had some wonderful weather. Mike and Mark look as if they have been on holiday in the South of France (of course being an alpaca I have no idea what that means!) That’s what happens when you employ a ‘ghost’ writer – all sorts of strange things creep in to your carefully planned prose. But even as the most famous alpaca author I am still, two years into this writing thing, unable to manage the keys on a laptop!
The population here at M&M’s has increased in leaps and bounds, as well as the Kune Kune pigs, the geese, the dogs, and the new crias, ducks and chickens have made an appearance – with more tocome as Mike works his magic with the incubator, more chicks arrive daily. Never a dull moment here I tell you!
And today - wonder of wonders - my half sister Boadie has given birth to the most adorable baby girl,and she is in the paddock next to me so I can gaze at her all day! She is so pretty, but then she is Alexander’s daughter, so as the BOSS said - "what do you expect?" She has his smile and big brown eyes and the most amazing colour fleece – sort of pinky brown and very shiny and the Boss says incredibly soft, mind you she could be biased as her ‘boy’ is the apple of her eye. See I’m getting the hang of this ‘human speak’.
Now ‘Mr Macho’ has sired two beautiful girls he will be impossible to live with – fortunately he is the other side of the stud paddocks, so I don’t have to actually ‘live’ with him if you see what I mean. But poor old Ebony is in the adjoining paddock so he will have to put up with his bragging – the only stud here with babies and they are both girls – you wait, my lad, until next summer when these guys have young ‘uns!
As usual HE got all the cuddles as his fleece was checked and every one decided it was fantastic – as usual! Mind you, Ebony was caught up and examined as well. As all this went on in the run next to my paddock I got to ‘earwig’ on the conversation and guess what? The BOSS and Other Half have only gone and bought a female alpaca! From my really good friend Geraldine at Laurel Farm! She’s coming down here to be mated (the female alpaca, NOT Geraldine!) and then is going to live with the Skinner family at Dreamfield Alpacas. But who is going to be the lucky guy? We will have to wait till the BOSS decides next week with Lady Cordelia – posh name, don’t you think?
I think I might just manage another entry in my diary very soon. Told you it is never boring down here on Dartmoor – you should come and visit sometime, Mike and Mark love visitors and so do us alpacas (must work on this grammer problem – but then I am only an alpaca and a wether at that!) Bye bye for now,
love Ted (doesn’t everyone)
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