Category: Rachel’s Diary

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


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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Twelve Hours and Counting

That’s the journey time to 1, Shore Cottages in Berriedale, Caithness, just 36 miles south of John O’ Groats where [...]

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Islington Stitch Festival

We re all horrified by the invasion of Ukraine. We have kept in touch with our friend Magda in Poland [...]

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Fleece Grading

We were idly wondering whether we should take up mud skiing on our waterlogged fields. There has been so much [...]

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Blue Skies, More Like Grey Skies

It has been a very grim week, with so much rain. Getting to work has been fun, think I needed [...]

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Knitting and Stitching Show Roundup

Very happy and extremely tired when we finally got home from the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace at [...]

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A day at the Ally Pally

This is the 30th year that the Knitting and Stitching Show has been staged at Alexandra Palace in London. A [...]

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