Farm Diary

Continuing drought

Today marks 75 consecutive days without recordable rainfall: a new local record that we would rather not have!

The alpacas and horses still have sufficient pasture for several weeks, but the quality is becoming poorer with every passing day. Hand-feeding, previously unheard of on our property, may soon become a reality.

This has definitely not been the best time to start our new camping venture, but campers have been very understanding and appreciative of the fact that we are still greener than surrounding areas.

Light rain is predicted for the next couple of days, and there are actually clouds in the sky this morning, so fingers crossed!


Come camping at Cardiff Alpacas!

We have recently teamed up with Youcamp to offer sites for campers, caravaners and motor home owners on our property. We have both powered and unpowered sites available for any visitors who are otherwise self-contained.

All of our guests so far have been very happy with their experience.

Find out more about what we have to offer, or make a booking, at:

“Now the shearing is all over and the wool is coming down …”

It’s that time of year again when master shearer, Bernie McInerney, turns our plump pacas into svelte greyhounds. In fact, it all happened yesterday. Always a pleasure to watch a true tradesman at work, but also good to have the day behind us.

This year we were also ably assisted by author Laurie Salzler who proved, one again, that her talents are not confined to the literary field, and when she writes about working with animals, she speaks from experience. A big thanks for all your help, Laurie!

It was also good to meet Bernie’s lovely wife, and erstwhile “secretary”, Enid.

The work was hard, but the company was great.


Big groups

We’ve been delighted to welcome some sizable groups recently:

On July 10, Simes Tours organised a visit by seniors from the Lismore area. Their massive 48-seater coach is the biggest vehicle we have ever had on the property, and some extensive alterations to our entrance and driveway were required to accommodate it.

On July 31, 24 members of the Yamba Probus club joined us for a lunch tour and a jolly time was had by all.

On August 4, a group of 26 Clarence Valley Ramblers rolled in for morning tea with the Pacas and a mini car display (a small display of Mini cars!).

It was great to meet all these interesting people and we’re pleased they enjoyed their time with us.

Enjoyable day with CWA ladies

Thirteen ladies from Lower Clarence CWA groups joined us for a lunch tour today. It was good to catch up with some old acquaintances and meet some new ones.

This was the first group to be able to use our driveway since we reopened it following the most recent deluge. It is now almost dry enough to recommence farm work but, unfortunately, more rain is predicted for tomorrow.

Another deluge

Twelve inches of rain in three days has left us cancelling tour groups again. We look forward to Woolgoolga Seniors and Yamba Probus rescheduling for a later date.

Fortunately drainage and earthworks to allow larger tour buses to negotiate our driveway were completed just before the rain started. All we need now is for Clarence Valley Council to do something about the disgraceful state of Nicholson’s Lane. Fat chance!

Our first Singaporean visitors

Yesterday we welcomed the Lau family from Singapore, who are currently holidaying in Australia.

What a delightful and talented family, and so interesting to chat with! We are pleased they enjoyed their visit.

Thank you for the excellent review on our Facebook page, Kenny.