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First Arrivals on the Farm Meet Ernie 'the eyelash' Alpaca. The first animal additional to the farm were alpacas. Ann and Bev’s pride and joy. After many a number of visits to a farm in Yorkshire, they selected 3 quality females, two of which were mated & carrying cria before they arrived. They settled well in the small rear paddock and kept us fully occupied whilst we tended to them through the harshest winter known in the region for years. Charisma, Cleaopatra and Jamelia the nanny, were a welcome sight every sunrise calling over the fence as we left for...

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The Move to Bushblades So there it was, the seed was planted over a boxing day meal with my in-laws, “wouldn’t it be lovely to own a smallholding” my mother in law said, to which I replied “yes, Garry and I could work during the day whilst you pottered around, and we could all tend the farm on the evenings and weekends”…. Oh how life was different then, in our semi-detached house in Sunderland. (Countryfile has a lot to answer for!) Then in June 2015 our dreams were realised. Bushblades Farm popped into Garry’s search on Zoopla and after a...

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