Hello, sorry that my blogging is a little sporadic lately - with shows, birthdays and mini-breaks to Melbourne I haven't had too much time. Firstly I have to say that the weather has been diabolical! Apparently following the driest summer every recorded for Tasmania, has been the wettest winter! Until today we still had the wood fire burning all day, and it has not...stopped...raining!!
Anyway...we did go to the Launceston show (and it POURED down). This is the first time that I have been to an Alpaca show since owning Alpacas - it was really exciting...until we were led down the very back of the showgrounds to a smelly shed with not many Alpacas to see. I had forgotten that Bendigo 2013 (National Alpaca Show) was on at the same time, so many studs had taken their animals there. Oh well, add to that - Launceston is really not a city but a large country town...and these are the photos I managed to take.
|Toddler admiring Lori's Suris|
|'Whites are up next...'|
|'We're not going...we're staying just here' - covered in hay and dried mud|
|Lori in the background whilst we admire the appaloosa|
Here the red ribbon is second place and the blue is first.
|LOL, alpacas not behaving! White's being judged - I missed the age as we had just walked in. Both Alpacas were white, I'm not sure why one shows up as dark fawn in the first two photos!|
|Judge is comparing fleece - the ribbon was awarded on ' fleece density' as the judge explained at the end, due to both alpacas having excellent conformation|
|You get first prize!!|
|Light Fawn class was judged at the same time.|
Well, what did I learn? That Aussie 'pacas are a grubby lot, so mine would have fit in quite well. No-one was sporting green spit and no-one alpaca's were perfectly behaved (stood still)..in fact I think even with our 'beginning' halter training skills, we would have not looked too out of place at the show (and between you and me, from what I saw, I think a few of ours would have been quite competitive - but then, many were in Bendigo).
LOL, he completed his toilet training successfully...on the way home I had to stop the car to screams of 'WEE MUMMY', and for the first time he stood and pee'd on the grass. We were both rather impressed!!
Next week we are off to the Royal Hobart Show - I have hundreds of questions to ask, and will be more forward and ask if I can take photos of fleece! I am looking forward to catching up with Lori there too, and showing her some photos of Adlin (as per her request) and some draft signs/banners that I have been working on.
I will write up another post on Melbourne and the little man turning 3 last week :)