“Mother Nature is harsh, and if there’s value in dealing with a death, there’s also valuse in moving beyond it quickly” – John Marzluff

Some happy Alpacas... sorry for the iPod image quality
Some happy Alpacas… sorry for the iPod image quality

I took my family to a recent Alpaca show at the Hobart Show Grounds.  We actually went along to look at the vintage car expo, but found it would cost more than $40 for my family to enter.  Next door was the Alpaca show, free to enter, and as we were there we decided to go check it out.  It turned out to be an interesting time as there were around 30 or so Alpacas on show, with demonstrations on Shearing, Carding, Spinning and Weaving.  We also saw a demonstration on Felting, which is something that I did not know existed.  The process involved a special machine which would, through the use of special needles, bind carded wool to a piece of fabric.  This creates an interesting texture and look.  Someone had actually used this process to make a very lifelike Tasmanian Tiger pelt.


My children had a nice time, touching the wool, asking questions of the demonstrators, and patting the few Alpacas that were brave enough to come close.  This reminds me of a  recent article in Time magazine which opened my eyes to the actions of animals and how they may feel.  It is something which I try not to think about too much, as I raise and slaughter my own animals.  The article discussed the research being conducted into whether animals feel grief, with examples of various animals reactions to the death of a companion.  I have seen this recently with my own Goose, who seems to be very lonely and sad since the death of it’s parents.  It is reluctant to come near me, even when I feed it, and often hides behind bushes when I enter the garden area.


Just a quick update on my house, and something I forgot to mention in my last post… on Saturday we had the first snow of the year.  The snow didn’t settle on the ground, so we were still able to get outside and have a nice day, yet it was a significant amount of snow.  Then, on Monday, we had the first frost day of the year.  This is something that should be noted, as it is useful to know when your home experiences the first and last frosts of the year.  It can help with determining planting times, etc.  This morning, we had a serious amount of ice on the ground, with my windscreen covered in a thick layer, so the temp would have been at least 0 for that to happen.   To quote a show that everyone but me seems to be watching, “Winter is coming”.

My dog George in the snow last year.

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