What Do You Do All Day?


People know we are ‘retired’ and often ask us if we get bored! What do you do all day? they ask. Our days go by in a blur sometimes, there is never a dull moment, but it is often difficult to answer that question. One just gets on with the task at hand, whatever it may be. So I have blogged a re-cap of This Day.

We have an alpaca – Zoe – who succumbs to Rye Grass Staggers this time each year, so every morning around this time of the year I select a mate for her and let everyone but those two out of the night pen and into the east paddock. This means they can see each other all day which in turn means Zoe and her mate for the day, (Tessa today), fret less. I give Zoe an oral drench of brewers yeast, a B1 tablet and treats of lucerne cubes and year old hay. I also give out corn stalks and foliage, apples and pears occasionally thru the day.

This is Zoe who suffers Rye Grass Staggers annuallyBit of breakfast, then I planted out some Leatherwood trees to give some added high foliage and nectar in the Native Garden area. The bird life in our garden has increased markedly since we took out half the English garden that was here and replaced it with mainly indigenous Tasmanian flora.


Next, with Brian’s expertise, we turned an old and incomplete loom, 4 egg poacher handles, electric tie cables and an occy strap into an Art yarn loom.

03_loomartyarnI was just about to play with that when, 5 ton of wood arrived!

04_5tonwoodpileSo naturally, we stacked the wood! And I would like you to notice how NEAT the stack is.

05_5tonwoodstackbrian06_5tonwoodstackvaleriThen we took a tea break.

07_teabreakDuring which time I played SOME of my word game turns and made some ‘leaf’ looms for a project happening soon.

08_leaflooom 09_scrabblebreakBack out to the garden to harvest some berries from an Elderflower – intention – boil them up and see if I can use them to dye alpaca fibre.

10_berryharvestNext – need some time out – take an apple from the tree and down to the riverbank for a peaceful crunch and munch.

12_applebreak 13_riverbreakUp to the studio to wash out some black alpaca yarn I made yesterday,

15_yarntimethen back to the paddock to invite the alpacas to return and join Zoe and Tessa in the night yard around the house.

16_alpacasbackand after all that I think it is time to take a lesson from our cats Raggamuffin and Penny

find a cosy chair in the afternoon sunshine and RELAX, after all, we are RETIRED!


4 responses

  1. You lazy woman, you (joke!) In Sweden last year we saw a muzzled horse on a farm stay. We named him Hannibal Horse. We asked and learned that Swedish horses can get leg problems from chowing down on too much fresh feed. I wonder if staggers might have been what they were telling us about?