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Wokingham, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Easter-Wood Alpaca Stud is a family-run, BAS-registered Alpaca breeding enterprise, located in the Royal County of Berkshire. Sheila and Jeff Easter set the company up in mid-2008 when they purchased their first 5 Elite Australian Alpacas.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Getting there!

Our program of rallying the tradesmen for our cabin build is progressing well and we have now had a number of in-depth meetings with the carpenter, electrician and plumber. This Sunday, we will be meeting the heating engineer who, we hope will be able to implement a solution for the wood burning stove to be connected to under-floor heating and domestic hot water. He has also suggested solar panels for the domestic hot water during the summer months but I am not sure that the capital outlay will be economical enough. In the longer term, it has to be the ideal solution but with our limited budget, I believe it will be a tad too expensive!

Turning to the weather once more, it looks as though we have seen the worst of it now and we are now basking in a relative "heat wave" of +6 degrees C!! I have to say, I am not sorry one little bit that the snow and ice is thawing! Our alpacas have been very cosy in their barn each night of late but they are certainly missing the warmth of the sun! (As we are!).

We have now finished off all of the haylage we initially brought and whilst it is treated as a "delicacy" for the alpacas, they would, I am sure eat only this and not hay. It is full of goodness but they can easily over-indulge on it so although we have ordered more, we will ration it in future!

The fox has not shown himself for a while now. The reason is of course that we have now locked the 3 remaining hens in the coop until I get the chance to build a run for them. Needless to say that the supply of eggs is seriously down but at least we still get 3 eggs a day and that will do for us o:)!

I am off to the bTB talk in Lyndhurst by Gina Bromage on Saturday and looking forward to what has been described as an extremely informative talk. Sadly, I will be leaving Sheila to farm sit but I am sure that she will get to another venue in the fullness of time.

Signing off now and will return soon.

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