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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 32 YEARS BLENCOGO FARM ALPACA CRACK! CAT OF THE MONTH


BEECHY Black, fluffy, neutered male, approx. 18 months old, has been with us since April this year. He would benefit from being in a home as the only cat.


OUR LONGEST STAYERS Milly Lilly Suzy


Black and white female, approx. 5 years Tabby and white female, approx. 4 years Black fluffy female, approx. 3-4 years


Boo-Boo Lovely big ginger female and 10 years Oti


Black and white female, 2 years


Come On Tabby and white female, 9 years Away Then Grey tabby and white female, 9 years


(These two came together and the person that brought them in said this was what he called them when wanting to feed them!)


Lucy & Lucky Two-year old tabbies who came to us pregnant. Have now had their kittens and will be available for new homes around mid- November


Please contact Joyce Walker on 017687 73723 CUMBRIA


PEST/HYGIENE & TRAINING SERVICES


ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL SERVICE


Autumn/Winter Problem Pests Rats, Mice, Birds and Cluster Flies CIEH - New Food Hygiene certificate changes To know more please call 01900 824783


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As the nights draw in, Mum and I are looking forward to getting back to knitting and crocheting all manner of garments from the Blencogo Farm herd’s alpaca yarn.


Their ‘fur’ is referred to as fleece or fibre and alpaca breeders are continually looking to improve the fineness and density (thickness and softness is how we translate that for our younger alpaca fans) through careful breeding and studying of genetics. There is a scientific scale for measuring the quality of alpaca fibre, the lower the micron the better and it is also tested for comfort factor. It’s all quite technical and depends on things like how much coarse guard hair there is, the length of the staples and so on. At the shows, judges are also looking for things like good texture and uniformity of colour.


The Incans are reported to have been the first to develop and breed alpacas from the wild vicuna in Peru. They were looking to develop a fibre that could be used to produce clothing for royalty. To this day, Peru is still a world leader when it comes to producing the finest alpaca fleeces.


Our boys and girls were sheared back at the beginning of June and their fleece is growing in thick and soft to keep them warm as the weather gets colder. I will be digging out my alpaca gloves and scarf and hat (actually, I have to admit to owning more than one of each…) knowing they will keep me warm and cosy without feeling itchy, scratchy or overheated.


We send our fleeces off to one of two mills each year. The one in East Anglia produces beautiful natural coloured yarn for us to work with. However, this year it’s the turn of The Border Mill, Duns in the Scottish Borders, who dye our fleeces, so we have some colour to work with. I am so excited to see how this year’s batch has turned out. I’m expecting blue, yellow and purple, all of which should mix in well with our natural cream, grey and shades of brown. If you haven’t ever cuddled an alpaca and felt how soft its fleece is, I highly recommend you put it on the ‘to- do’ list!


Kim Inglis Jeffries www.blencogofarm.com Blencogo Farm on Facebook


01900 824783 or email mike@cumbriapestservices.co.uk www.cumbriapestservices.co.uk


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