Mad March

The last week has been even busier than normal at Amberley Farm and one that we won’t forget for quite some time I’m sure. Tim was contacted by BBC’s “The One Show” and on Wednesday evening our beautiful girls Inca Gratitude and Inca Fruition made their TV debut (alongside their human, and slightly more nervous, assistants!).  They were exceptionally well behaved and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that everybody involved did a great job.

Tim rehearsing for One Show March 4th 2015

On Thursday it was World Book Day and Oliver and Georgia went off to school in fancy dress with book reviews and “strangest place to read” photos in hand.

World Book Day 2015 copy

Oli in hay feeder

Georgia was thrilled to win a prize for best book review (she chose The Hungry Caterpillar) and on Friday Oliver was chosen as Star of the Week and also awarded a certificate for receiving 20 merits.  The excitement was already beginning to build and with the prospect of a “holiday” in a hotel for a couple of days, the children were smiling from ear to ear when we left school and began our journey to the BAS National Show.

The weekend got off to a great start when we found out the Fleece Show results, all of our fleeces did really well and we were especially pleased to win Champion & Reserve Champion Black Fleece.  We were then equally thrilled when our girls took 1sts in each of the black female classes they were in and then Champion & Reserve Champion Black Female.  Now I knew Inca Gratitude was special when I looked out of the window and saw Tim kissing her nose in the paddock the other day but she certainly surpassed herself when she took both Champion Black Female and Champion Black Fleece; even after having her fleece ruffled on live TV!

Tim made an excellent selection for the Sire’s progeny class and also selected an equally excellent trio of handlers… the luck of the Irish resulted in a first place for Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca.

I had been particularly looking forward to the Gala Dinner this year as I knew that there were a couple of surprises in store.  Rather coincidentally I had been asked to create caricatures for two of the show organisers; they each asked me without realising the other had done so.  I e-mailed updates of the pictures to them a couple of times as I drew them in the lead up to the show and each time, despite checking and double checking, I still worried in case I had attached their own picture to the e-mail!  Anyway, they seemed to like their gifts and thankfully I managed to avoid tripping up as I walked across the room to present the picture!

The singing waiters were a fantastic idea and a real highlight, although for me, it didn’t get much better than winning a “Fibre to Product” award from Penrose Products for my Needlefelting Kits. I was ecstatic and very shocked.  Isn’t it gorgeous?…. Macadamia & Mascarpone the needle felted mice think so!

Penrose products award

Having only taken one male to the show, we had all our eggs in one basket on Sunday.  We could not have been happier when he took 1st in his class then went on to win Champion Black male.   Hallmark is Gratitude’s full brother and not only that, their mother Enigma was placed first, as was Gratitude’s cria!   It was the icing on the cake on what has probably been our most successful show ever since starting Inca Alpaca.  We had a lovely time and very much enjoyed catching up with our friends and fellow alpaca-addicts and witnessing their successes too.

Lastly and most importantly I would like to re-iterate the many comments that have been posted on social media over the last couple of days.  There was an amazing, relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the show.  It was extremely well organised, well supported and it seems a good time was had by all;  congratulations to everyone who was a part of it, looking forward to next year already.