A very well bred trio


Last year’s youngsters standing proudly – & so they should with Inca Grey Flyte,  Lillyfield Jack of Spades & Canchones Agenda of Livanti as their respective sires. Fleece stats eagerly awaited…

Toft Talini

Toft Talini - quite a lady & she knows it!
Toft Talini – quite a lady & she knows it!

Getting ready for new babies…


The maternity paddock for the alpaca mums-to-be has arrived. It’s a pity it’s self-assembly though 😯

Reindeer in the Woods

The reindeer are back in their paddock in the woods at last after a very wet winter. They’ve all lost their baby antlers – new ones sprouting by the day ready for a fine display by Christmas…

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The Girls in the Meadow…

Our pregnant girls have been enjoying a bit more freedom than usual in the far meadow. Even with all that space, they still come charging over at feed time…

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New arrival at Arkadia Alpacas

Friday 26th June – our first cria was born to Electra.

Orpheus came into the world jet black, fit & healthy.




If you go down to the woods today…

What we thought would be ‘a little bit of tidying up’ in the woodland became a quite extensive operation – removing an ancient pheasant pen made of twisted mesh half buried in the mud and numerous fallen trees (33 to be precise). At least there will be a plentiful supply of logs for the log burner in the new house (when it’s built). Then began the task of building a 7 foot high perimeter fence. In case you’re about to ask why, the photographs should answer the question…


Yes – the reindeer have arrived and settled well into their new home.


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The Great Wall of…



“…200 bricks and 2000 words a day” —Winston Churchill to Stanley Baldwin, 1928
Agonising, back-breaking but very therapeutic and ultimately rewarding. For a change, I’m not talking about wrestling to capture and organise disparate words to form a novel, but piecing more than 13000 separate bricks to make a wall to surround the new garden. Bricklaying was Winston Churchill’s favoured way of keeping the ‘black dog’ of depression at bay. In fact, he wrote that an ideal day would include “the laying of hundreds of bricks”.
As with many tasks (especially writing a novel), it was as well to be somewhat ignorant of quite how arduous and daunting it was going to be. Several months later, it’s almost finished…
“There are four kinds of people in the world, Ms. Harper. Those who build walls. Those who protect walls. Those who breach walls. And those who tear down walls. Much of life is discovering who you are. When you find out, you also realize there are places you can no longer go, things you can no longer do, words you can no longer say.”
― P.S. BaberCassie Draws the Universe
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