Our water comes from a deep borehole on the farm, although it is slightly discoloured it is perfectly safe to drink. All the storage tanks are drained and flushed and waterlines are purged on a regular basis. We have been drinking the water for 10 years and apart from being exceedingly good looking and highly intelligent, we have not experienced any other side effects!
All the electricity on the farm is solar generated with Eskom backup. So no load shedding! However we do ask that you use power sparingly, for example please don’t leave the outside lights on all night.
Our cottages are non-smoking so if you enjoy a puff please do it outside and dispose of stompies responsibly and remember what the aunty said, ‘’do not share that zol’’!
We are pet friendly so if you have brought your pooch please control it especially around the farm animals. If they chase the horses or alpacas they could get a nasty kick and in the case of the chickens or geese, the bones could get stuck in their throat.
A limited amount of fire wood is provided at each cottage. This wood is intended for the fire places in winter and for the fire pits in summer, it is blue gum that is not suitable for braais as it does not produce good coals. Please supply your own braai wood.
Most of the farm animals are free to roam the area although some are kept in their paddocks because the blighters eat the flowers! Feel free to visit our 4 legged friends but don’t go into enclosures or feed the animals and that includes the farm dogs. If you wish, you can join the staff feeding the farm animals and that excludes the farm dogs, daily feed times are around 8.30am and 4.30 pm. We have the following 4 legged friends.
There are 9 alpacas last count; 2 are Suri and the rest Huacaya, the Suri are the dark brown ones with dreadlocks. Alpacas are smaller than lamas and are bred purely for their wool whereas lamas are bred as work animals. In recent times neutered males are being used as herd guards on sheep farms. They protect the sheep and new born lambs in particular, from predators. When threatened their main defence is a vicious kick that can break the back of a wolf or jackal they can also they spit or rather spray foul smelling saliva that they bring from their 4th stomach. There is no known antidote; the smell lingers for a long time.
These little goats love to climb, hence the jungle-gym in their paddock. They also take great delight in head butting each other, one can watch their antics for hours! They are mostly confined to their paddock cause it’s them what eats the flowers!
3 Horses and a Pony
I know very little about these animals, except that they are much bigger than me and that they are dangerous at each end and uncomfortable in the middle bit. Nelise is the horsey one amongst us.
3 Little Pigs
Possibly the largest miniature pigs in the world and contrary to popular belief they are very clean, although the bit about their appetite is true. You’ll find them at the Hoggyday Inn, from time to time they are confined to barracks ‘cause they also eat flowers and any other plant or tree that costs a lot and is difficult to grow.
A Multitude of Chicken and Geese
The roosters are the farm’s alarm clock that can’t tell the time especially around 3 am. The hens provide breakfast and adult entertainment for the roosters. The geese were brought to protect the chickens from the rooikat, there were about 20 chickens and 3 geese back then. The protection thing works! The chickens sleep at the Hen’s Hilton just across from the Hoggyday Inn.