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Friday, March 12, 2010

Onward and upwards

Well it's all done. A new 20 metre pipe,3 new drains and whilst I was at it, re-furbished the borders and even laid a new stone paved area to stand a bench on. It was hard work but at least we have peace of mind now knowing exactly what's going on underground.
It's been a funny old week,lovely bright sunshine but a bitterly cold biting wind. Although we never had a frost the alpacas water butts often had a couple of inches of ice on top just from the wind chill.
It's certainly cleaned the alpacas up nicely after all the rain and mud of a couple of weeks back.They look positively cuddlely again! We had them all in yesterday for their A D & E injections and wormer,with only Cochiti giving us her usual run around. We even managed to get around to putting little Ghosts microchip in. One of those jobs I don't relish and always seem to put off to another day. Such a big nasty needle,but as it happens he was as good as gold and one of the easiest yet.
As you may know lifes been a bit of a struggle these last few weeks but it's all coming together again now. Another alpaca sale underway and gite enquiries starting to come in, and then this evening we received a email which I feel I have to post up.
It reads;
Hello Jayne and Steve,
I hope this email finds you both happy and staying warm! Wow what a crazy winter this has been. We couldn't help think of you guys and the alpacas whenever the news spoke about high winds, blizzards and freezing rain in your region. How are all your animals doing?

I am writing to share a cute little story with you. Ella's birthday was last month and she recieved a "friend" book. The first couple of pages have questions for Ella to fill in all about herself and then the rest of the book is for her to give to her friends and they fill in the questions about themselves. It makes for a nice keepsake when we return to Michigan. Anyway, last week I was looking through the book and reading what Ella had written about herself. For the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" She wrote "A farmer." for the question "What is one of your happiest experiences?" She wrote "Staying at an Alpaca Farm in France for one week.!" I thought you would love to know that. Especially considering all the amazing places and experiences Ella has had in her 8 years of life!

We found out about one month ago that Eric's contract will be ending at the end of May. We head back to Michigan on June 1st. We are mostly ready to head back as it will be really nice to be around family again on a more regular basis. I am really hoping to get Ella back to your farm before we leave, even for a long weekend if possible but I am not positive we will be able to work it out. Are you still renting your cottages? Did you get a perment tenant to help with the rent?

I hope all is well for you and your family. Of all the experiences we have had living in Germany, staying at your cottage was one of the best moments for all of us. We will never forget you both and your lovely hospitality and farm. Thanks again.
All the best,
Jennifer, Eric, Jack and Ella Smitterberg

Kind of makes you realise what you are striving for is all worth while.

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