Category: Rachel’s Diary

Rachel’s diary: the up’s and down’s of an Alpaca farmer


Castles & Coastlines (and Snow!)

From snowy Northumberland to snowy Devon last Friday, at the end of our short holiday. Probably colder in Devon although [...]

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Unbelievably Wet

It is still unbelievably wet here. We’ve had to move any alpacas that were down in the valley up to [...]

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Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas to you all and thank you for your custom in 2022. Watch out for our next newsletter in [...]

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First Frost

Dry at last, no rain here for several days so we are all drying out and although we have had [...]

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Alice – horses, walkers, cars, lorries

It has been a sad week as Alice, our black cavapoo, our constant companion for eleven years, has had to [...]

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A Trip to Lyon

It is remarkably warm and unremarkably wet here so all sorts of funghi are erupting in our fields. There is [...]

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It’s good to be home

It is good to be home at our beautiful Devon farm to take in the big views and stand around [...]

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A weekend at Yarndale

Great to be back home after a weekend at Yarndale in Skipton. This show was a bit weird with the [...]

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RIP Queen Elizabeth II

This has been the most momentous time with the death of The Queen and the accession of King Charles. I [...]

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Goodbye Jules

Sadly, our oldest alpaca Jules has died. He was 21 and a great character, loved by all who met him. [...]

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Heatwaves!

The heatwave turned Vulscombe Farm into something of a prairie with the alpacas eating what can only be described as [...]

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Happy Holidays

I love the seaside and collecting things so all holidays have to have a beach element where we can all [...]

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Simply Crochet Photoshoot

It seems a long time ago now, but in May, we were the hosts for a Simply Crochet photoshoot. Just [...]

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Cria’s born on the farm

Well, well, earthquake in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election with the Liberal Democrats taking the seat with a 30% swing. [...]

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Jubilee Weekend

Hurrah - made it through the long Jubilee weekend without having to go on a motorway or visit that vision [...]

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Shearing Day

One big giant PHEW after shearing day. All 94 alpacas on farm were shorn between eight o’clock and a quarter [...]

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Shearing Season is Here!

It is the run-up to shearing which means we have to clear out the grading barn, get all the shearing [...]

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Wonderwool

We had a great time at Wonderwool, the sun shone, No Bones Jones’s food was as good as ever, the [...]

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First Night

Best bib and tucker for the first night of my friend Hilary Bonner’s play at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple. [...]

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Show Time

Last weekend was the first British Alpaca Society National Show since 2019. Some 600 alpacas rocked up along with so [...]

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