Wednesday, November 11, 2009

pretty flowers

Another busy week has passed us by, but not a lot to report. Temperatures now in the mid 30's and all creatures and plants alike are wilting. 'The boys' are appreciating their radical hair cuts, no sign of a lamb from Lilian, and little Wooley is sprouting cute baby horns.

Ness is just about managing to keep the garden alive with a water butt to collect grey water from washing machine, and we are looking into installing a complete grey water system to harvest all water from sinks/baths etc.

From Protea Farm 1

From Protea Farm 1

The alpaca wool is being put to good use. We are saving Marley's because it is quite good quality and could be utilised in some handicraft sort of a fashion, but poor old Alan has hideous elderly animal skin and dermatitis, so his wool is full of scabs, skin flakes and assorted bits of crusty camelid.

It does however make a fine mulch, so the cucumbers, pumpkins and squashes are growing happily in their snuggly duvet.

From Protea Farm 1

The large resident flock of choughs are also enthusiastically sorting through it for nesting material, so alpaca nests are the 'new look' in avian interior design this season.


Anonymous said...

Was watching a tv programme where a couple have a herd? of alpaca (yes here in the rainy UK), they say they get £100 per kilo for the wool. Hells Bells, I may have to put some in my back garden lol.

twosheilasandadog said...

For that sort of wool quality the alpaca costs thousands to buy.Marley was under $500 and Alan was free-think that says a lot about the value of their wool!
Would be nice though.