Picture a woman in a van. Onboard are two goats, four chickens, a rooster, three dogs, three cats, a pet rabbit and a guinea pig. She is in a convoy with a float loaded with stud males and wethered herd guard alpacas. Somewhere back at Nanima in the Yass Valley the steel pens, feed buckets, tools and equipment necessary for daily life are being loaded on to trucks.
Drive through Canberra, then along the alpine roads and over the Great Divide. Stop at Nimmitabel for a much needed coffee to prepare for an ultra slow descent down the Brown Mountain. Follow the winding roads through the picturesque Bega Valley to Verona.
Repeat five more times over the next few months to bring down all the pregnant girls, juniors, mums and crias from agistment paddocks in Sutton. The youngest alpaca was just one day old at time of transport, with the journey taking over six hours with regular stops so mum could safely feed her!
Moving farms is not a simple process.
Our new home is on 40 acres just south of Cobargo and north of Quaama. A lovely community full of wonderful people. Like most of the district, the property was burnt out during the black summer fires of 2019. However the house survived and we are hard at work building stables, yards and a fabulous weaving studio with a farm shop.