Update on the Farm
May 2020 Introducing Jambo & Bear! A couple of weeks ago I travelled down to just north of London to pick up two rescue Llamas. It was quite stressful expecting to be pulled over by the police for unnecessary travel but to me it was so important to bring them home. At first they were a little timid especially Bear but it didn’t take long before they melted my heart and they also seemed to quite like myself and my friend Becky. The Alpacas were pretty gentle with them but Mr. Bojangles had other ideas. He did stamp his mark and soon ensured Jambo and Bear knew who their boss was! Two weeks later everyone is one big happy family. Halter training has started and we were all extremely pleased how they appeared to accept the halter without a struggle. Patience and gentleness is so important when you are trying to build up a special bond and trust in order to enable that relationship to blossom. The feeling of euphoria when we share our first little nose kiss, when they trot over to you is priceless. Jambo and Bear have settled down an awful lot quicker than I hoped to imagine and really are going to be lovely assets joining Ivy Dene Farm.
October 2019 I have rescued two more Black Nosed Valais sheep Noodle and Strudel to keep Mutley company, they are inseparable and very cheeky!
August 2019 Introducing my first Black Nosed Valais sheep Mutley who has joined my motley crew. He was rejected as didn't meet the grade. I have halter trained him and he is extremely adorable and very popular with the walkers. Mutley just loves interaction and human company, so yes if you would like to walk one just let me know!
June 2019 We saw the arrival of Mr Bojangles, currently the only llama in the herd. He was found alone in a field and was quite wild. He is now halter trained, well behaved and available to walk, however we use a two-rope lead and a volunteer will support with the walk due to his strength.
January 2019 Jonty is now halter trained and is proving to be a really cheeky boy. Sadly Willow has been poorly in November and December but I am so glad to say she is finally getting stronger. She is a little girl and lost quite a lot of strength and weight bless her, but she has come fighting back and doing well.
October 2018 Jonty and Willow are now nearly 4 months old and growing extremely well. Jonty is a cheeky chappie and Willow a gentle quiet little girl. Halter training will start at Christmas.
Summer 2018 My Alpacas went to their third wedding including gate crashing the banqueting suite where the evening reception was being held. WOW!!! What an impact they had and sooooo many photos and videos were taken. Bella , Freya and Teddy all behaved so well, not stressed at all by all the attention they received. I was so proud of them.
June 2018 Bella gave birth to a male cria Jonty on 16th June 2018 who is brown and white, and Freya gave birth to a female cria Willow who is black and white on 25th June 2018.
April 2018 Bella and Freya are pregnant and are due mid June 2018. So looking forward to the happy event.
October 2017 On a very sad note my beloved pony Huggy Bear passed away in October 2017, he was my soul mate for 34 yrs and is greatly missed.
December 2015 Storm Desmond hit us badly on December 6th 2015. It was one of the most traumatic experiences I have ever gone through. Wandering down to the barn waist high in flood water seeing my poor alpacas up to their necks in murky cold water pinned against the wall by the risen rubber matting and the horses up to their tummies.
It was so difficult trying to open the stable doors with the flood on either side . I managed to get them out to the top of the driveway and they were later evacuated to other warm dry barns belonging to friends. It was a daunting period but it was also amazing how the local community all came together and we had so much support from the Council, Firecrew, police and also people who had been on previous 'Alpaca Experiences', all rallying round to help tidy up over the following weeks. Very humbling indeed.