July 23, 2010 at 11:34 am #470408
WE have now been in our new home for a week . Day we moved in – no power…. scheduled power outage,:@ next day water pump blew a valve thingy,:o one week later the hot water pipe burst in the wood stove and flooded oozy black water through the stove and into the kitchen,:noapprove: stove out of action for a while :shrug: my Cat of 20 years died and we had to bury her (sad) :(………. Welcome to the simple life!!!!!!!:lol:.. But good news our three alpacas arrive tomorrow- so here’s to the start of the simple life :clap:July 23, 2010 at 11:38 am #470409
When you change lifestyle, brace yourself for a big attack of Murphy, but sounds like you’ve got thru the first batch of disasters, good luck Jil!July 23, 2010 at 11:42 am #470410
I should be used to pipes bursting and flooding as the exact thing happened when we moved into our previous house 16 years ago. Just something that goes with the territory of living in a cold climate I guessJuly 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm #470411
good luck jilsta. you still sound positive despite things going wrong.keep us posted. hope to embarking on the same adventure in a couple of years ourselves. :tup::tup::hug:July 24, 2010 at 2:15 am #470412
Good day today our three boys arrived safely and are in the holding yard. When i work out how to upload photos will post pictures of 3 new alpacas, Moe, Joe and Phantom 😆July 24, 2010 at 2:35 am #470413
You will have great fun with Moe, Joe and Phantom Jilsta.
My boys hummed for the first few days after they arrived here. I think this is a stress thing. I feed mine a handful of lucerne chaff most days. It’s a good way to get to know them. They aren’t interested in being patted though. There is a good web forum (American) called alpaca nation
Sorry about the loss of your cat. And everything going wrong at once – always happens like that, doesn’t it.
Weaver – I live near Beechworth. Must catch up if you’re up this way. I sent one of my boy’s fleeces to a place near Castlemaine to get spun. All the proceeds go to their animal refuge. It ended up costing about $100 for about 2 kg. It was a splurge for me but I like to see have the connection-from paddock to rug ( maybe)!July 24, 2010 at 6:17 am #470414
The breeder that sold the alpacas to me also gave me some lucerne and alpaca mix and said to give them that just to get them used to coming to me. I also asked him about options for the fleece when they are sheared so am interested to the know more details about your experience sending fleeces to Castlemaine.
The breader that sold me the alpacas is the convenor of an alpaca show being held in Ballarat tomorrow (Sunday) so we are considering going to that to learn more about the alpaca world:tup:July 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm #470415
am so interested in your alpaca adventures jilsta. we would love to get a couple when we make the change but don’t know much about them(completely an emotional desire cos they are so pretty -we need to be more pragmatic but what the heck?). there is an open day near us this weekend so will be heading down there for a look. enjoying this thread- thanks.:tup:July 26, 2010 at 7:41 am #470416
Sue i dont know much about alpacas and that is why i bought from a credible breeder who offers advice and is happy for me to ask him for help. Aside of looking pretty i am amazed how easy they are to look after and how easy they are to transport they dont carry on like horses etc. It will be easier for me as the breeder that sold them to me will be helping me with all the husbandry etc. They are really quiet animals but are still quite aloof at the moment it will take a while to win their trust:hug: …. but i have plenty of time:lol:July 26, 2010 at 9:33 am #470417
The three boys looking very unimpressed with me 🙂October 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm #470418
The three alpaca boys are now – 4 boys plus 1 girl, with another girl to come in a couple of weeks. They are just adorable, easy to handle, funny to watch and very inquisitive….:clap: the new cows on the other hand are not!!! :tdown::noapprove::uhoh:October 23, 2010 at 2:45 am #470419
Those guys are beautiful. You are such a lucky duck! I just read your recent journey and hope all goes well for you. We will be embarking on a similar journey in few years once the kids are educated! :tup:October 23, 2010 at 10:16 am #470420
Yes jmcal, we waited till kids left home (last one left when we moved) It truly is worth the wait, that is not to say that there hasnt been a few dramas with it , but I love the countryside, love the alpacas and love the serenity. The birdlife is amazing, even if a lot of them have taken up residence in our verandah eaves. When spring weather does finally arrive here in the Central Goldifelds it will be glourious. Discovering all the small historical towns and buildings in the area has been a bonus …. best move we have made.October 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm #470421
we have one left at home now and hubby retires in a year or so(in his words “depends on how much they s**t between me now and the end of next year”) so we will be making our move soon after that. we both have elderley parents though so that is a concern now. there always sees to be a reason why it is complicated. we want to do it while we are still reasonably fit and able to enjoy it and to cope with the upheaval as well as the changed lifestyle . your stories inspire me cos i have to say i do get cold feet at times.:DOctober 28, 2010 at 8:53 am #470422
We left a 16 year old garden and the home our 3 sons grew up in. I bailed out of moving many many times and there were always many excuses why my husband wouldnt move, travel to work, garage, workshop, bla bla bla. Eventually I saw a small opening and before we knew it, we had made an offer and it was accepted. We bought the lifestyle and not the house. Many things have gone wrong since we moved, house not as good as it looked, problems with a few things etc etc, But not once have I wished we didnt sell up and move. The time had come and we have a lot of work ahead of us. Nothing in our former lifestlye is better, than the fresh air, feeling of space, small town culture and laid back lifestyle (regardless of jobs) that we have now. It really feels like we have ‘come home’… If the move is something you have wanted for a long time then it will be the best thing you will ever do. Keep your options open and look outside the square and the right time and place will land in front of you
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