Last summers solar dying project ready to be explored. Not sure what Otto will think about his beautiful white fleece turning violet!
Ready to come out!
One careful original owner - Otto
Our new stud boy “Royal Prince” has arrived! There was lots of posturing and cavorting about by all and sundry – me included – but he has settled down nicely and is currently chatting to his girlfriends to be over the fence. Horace however, (big herd boss) is not impressed!
His fleece is wonderful to work with; it felts beautifully and I'm looking forward to spinning with it, as it’s super soft to handle and a gorgeous shimmery grey.
We visited Ann & Jamie's Alpacas last weekend & had such a lovely time, I really must blog about it !! :-
Our family went to visit Ann & Jamie Nickerson & their beautiful Alpacas last weekend.
The weather was sunny & warm which added to our enjoyment, but also added to the enjoyment of the Alpacas, as apparently they need a lot of vitamin D, & as their fleeces are thinner on their bellies, they love to lie on their backs & sunbath!
We were able to choose one of the boys each, to take for a walk. We rounded them up into a pen in order to put a harness & lead on them. They are very gentle, quiet animals & stood patiently as we grappled with the buckles - they have not yet been shaun, which meant that the harnesses were a little more awkward to put on.
Then we ambled slowly across a field of sheep & lambs, through the woods & down to the broad, before continuing on in a round back for tea & carrots out in the garden!
Ann also has a wonderful Yurt where she make exquisite felted & knitted items from the soft Alpaca fleece.
What a lovely day we all had. The Alpacas are really very special, it was a joy to meet them.
Had a lovely alpacary day out at the 2013 British Alpaca Futurity last weekend at the NEC, lots of gorgeous championship alpacas trundling about for me to drool over. Also great fibre trade stands, however the icing on the cake was being placed first and fourth in the felting competition. Well worth the trip!
Eleven diverse artists living and working between the rivers Ant and Bure.