Beware of the Alpacas!

South American Alpaca in SnowdoniaTwo alpacas have been introduced at a farm in Nant Gwynant here in Snowdonia. The theory is that they help protect the new born lambs from foxes and other predators. They bond quickly with other grazing animals, have excellent eyesight and their protective instincts are well documented. Cases have been recorded in Australia of alpacas bravely standing in front of females and their young in the corner of a paddock fending off multiple animal attacks.

More locally I’ve heard how a donkey will protect lambs and chickens from foxes. I guess south American alpacas are probably more suited to our rugged terrain. So why not. Arwyn Owen, the farmer responsible, certainly seems convinced. [Read more…]

Harlech Triathlon

The Loneliness of a Not Very Long Distance RunnerThe Harlech triathlon celebrates its 10th year this Sunday the 15th of May 2011. We always have some of the entrants staying with us here on the farm. And they always say what a fantastic event it is. So, yes, I’ve finally got round to filling in the entry form. But no, I haven’t done a lot of training.

But anyway the event comprises a 400m swim in Harlech swimming pool followed by a 28k cycle from Harlech to the Wayside pub near Barmouth and back before finishing with a 6.5k run along the beach and up the very steep hill to the finish line at Harlech castle. It’ll be fine I’m sure. (Ohh nooo) http://www.harlechtri-entries.org.uk/

I did it. 2hrs 0mins and 40seconds. Not a particularly impressive time but at least I finished. It was a great day, and I enjoyed it very much.  A little less chatting along the way next time perhaps and we’ll see if I can squeeze under the 2hr mark.

Melin Refurbishment

Melin, Studio Cottage on a working farmWe’ve changed things around a bit in Melin, one of our larger studio cottages here on the farm.

We’ve moved the stairs around, which will be a relief to our taller guests who kept banging their heads on a low beam half way up. We’ve also fitted a new kitchen complete with combination oven and dishwasher. But don’t worry the view is still fantastic.

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