Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Futurity and a very hard week.

Good morning everyone,
just thought I would, let you all know what a really great, but very hard week we have had. It all started last weekend, preparing and going to the Futurity. These are long but great days out. We had loaded the three cria, and were on the road by five am. It was a straight forward journey, and we arrived at six forty five. We were surprised to see so many people already there, but quickly realised they were there the night before. Great idea we will definately do that the next time. The show was very interesting, and we seen and chatted to some old and new faces. The day seemed long but also passed rather quickly. Ann my wife and my daughter Sharon were showing two girls, and a boy. We actually gained a Third place, with one of our girls, Chase-End-Ice Dancer, which I must confess we were over the moon with. She has Betsy of Atlantic as her Dam, and Cambridge Ice Cccl Lad as her Sire, who is now here at Chase-End- Farm with us. We were fortunate to negotiate a half share in him, with Rob and Lesley Rawlins, from Wellground Alpacas in Wiltshire. Thanks a bunch guys, especially Lesley as I know he is your Favourite boy and you really did not, want to let him go. Ann gives him hugs and kisses all the time. In fact I think he has settled in really well in his new home, and is eyeing the girls up all the time. If anyone is interested, to use Ice Cool Lad for their girls please feel free to contact us anytime. During the day at the show, we were very pleased to meet Tim Hey from Inca Alpacas who I had spoken to many times , last year arranging for Atlantic Cambridge Centurion to visit us to mate two of our females, which his brother Ben did. It was also lovely to meet up with Matt and Cathy Lloyd, we actually met Matt and Cathy when they came to visit us here in Essex, last year. It was nice of them to take time out to visit us. It was just nice meeting old and new friends. I only hope Bluetongue does not stop us getting all together at different shows this year.
Well Sunday came and it was back to work for most of us. Fencing is my main job at this present time. We are actually coming to see light at the end of the tunnel. It has been a long hard road, we have one done about twelve acres of post and wire fencing over the last two years, but we are nearly at the end of it, thank goodness. I suppose I have been very lucky, Ashley my grandson has been helping me in his spare time. Big strong boy, swings a 14 pounder like a toffee hammer posts just fall in, especially now the ground is soft. Wait till he reads this, he will say your joking Grandad .I have to laugh really, because he will say to me wait till we go indoors Nan will have thought of something else for us to do, but we love it really. How many people, actually live the life we do with our Alpacas. Only one word for it in my book ( FANTASTIC).

I actually think it is time for me to sign off now, as the sun is shining and we need to take some photographs of some of our girls we have for sale, we have to get on our Website, so bye for now speak to you all soon. Have a lovely day.
Joe Hempsey.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Our first blog from Chase End Alpacas

Welcome to our first ever blog from Chase End Alpacas. We hope to keep you up to date with all the news from the farm.