Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Softer soap

If you follow my other blog, you'll know that I make our body soap.

Well, looking at all the fleece from the alpacas I decided to have a bit of fun.

I took roughly 5gms of alpaca fleece and carefully wrapped it round a piece of my soap.  Gently wetting it, whilst moving it ever so slightly. I end up with this:

Kris' white fleece was wrapped first, and then
Miranda's brown fleece got marbeled on top.  I
love the end result.
Felted soap :)  A veritable permanent facecloth that also prevents wet soap leaving it's normal sticky residue on the basin / bath or shower soap dish.

When Rae & Dino came to visit, I gave her a bar of the felted soap.  In her subsequent e-mail to me she wrote :

"Somehow you just can't imagine washing yourself with wool wrapped soap but after a second or two it develops a lovely lather and I think because the fibres are so fine, my skin felt positively buffed and smooth, soft as anything afterwards. Great soap too Dani!"  (Thanks Rae - the soap is good because you were so incredibly generous to send me a soap recipe all those years ago :) )

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Vegetarian alpacas

We have discovered that alpacas don't only eat the 12% protein pellets (lucerne, corn, oat seed, +) and the dry lucerne we feed them.
Minky scoffing carrot tops
They also have a penchant for carrots - in their entirety - both fronds, and root section. Judging from the speed with which this vegetable is consumed I reckon they fancy them even more than bunny rabbits do  lol

Searching Google for info on other vegetables that alpacas eat, ours now have a veritable smorgasbord of treats to add to their daily lucerne and pellet intake.
Miranda stretching out her neck to eat grated carrot
Apple - grated.  (Alpacas don't have back teeth so giving them 1/4 - 1/2 apples as shown in some YouTube videos is, in my opinion, downright nasty.  Those owners could also probably be risking choking their alpacas.).
Cabbage - finely sliced as though you are making coleslaw
Beetroot - leaves and grated root section - and what a messy mouth they get when they eat this!!
Pumpkin skin - sliced.  Apparently they also eat the flesh of the pumpkin and the seeds - hmmm - think I'll keep that for us... ;)

They will be fed the pea pods as soon as my peas are harvested too.

We have fed our land, added plenty of mulch, turned it in and have planted oats again this year.  Hopefully this year it will be successful.

Between the oats, the homegrown vegetables, the lucerne and the pellets - as well as whatever grazing grows in their paddocks - they won't be going hungry ;)
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