I was so excited this morning, today I had arranged to go out into the 'Wilds of Worcestershire' to visit Cotswold Vale Alpacas 'Farm'. What beautiful weather we had too. You can see how parched the grass is, we have had a very dry spell in this county.
We were made very welcome on the farm by Ginnie, who breeds Alpacas, spins, knits and felts with their gorgeous fleece.
I have never been close up and personal with an Alpaca, they look adorable, unfortunately for me they are not up for hugs and cuddles but they do get close and show an interest in people. Ginnie currently has thirty eight Alpaca with one more expected any day soon. These were all the girls of various ages. The array of natural colours is stunning. There are Huacaya and Suri Alpaca, the Suri Alpaca having the longer fleeces and the Huacaya having a fluffier fleece.
I was surrounded by Alpaca. They are adorable and have such a gentle none threatening nature. They have such kind faces and they even look like they have a sweet smile. I am quite nervous around horses, cows and large animals, but I felt fine surrounded by Alpaca.
Some of the babies were still suckling from their newly sheared Mums.
All babies are so cute aren't they?
I loved the way they were happy to chillax with us close by. I couldn't help looking and seeing gorgeous knitted stripes of natural colour. Since I have been spinning, I look at animals and see yarn!
Euan is a farmer in the making, with his 'Goat Farm' training this year and today feeding Alpaca. He had a very hands on experience and really enjoyed himself. He is very confident around all these different animals. He is feeding 'Ace' here, Ace is a two year old Huacaya male.
This is another male, his name is Ewen. Ewen has a fantastic fleece and he is a stud male.
Here is Euan feeding Ewen.
Mom and I have gone halves on Ace's fleece. Boy oh boy, it is going to be a treat to spin with. I can feel a luxurious shawl on my shoulders already, born and raised 'Worcestershire Alpaca'.
My apologies for the poor quality photograph, but I wanted to show you, Ginnie spins and sells her own Alpaca yarn.
She also knits these gorgeous bags and felts them into a very strong fabric, oooh I don't know how I resisted one of these!
They are sold with a label including a photograph of the animal that the fleece came from. How cool is that!
Ooooh! I don't know how I resisted one of these either! A scrumptious litter of three week old kittens and we did get a cuddle.
This is the last photograph, it's Ronnie and Roxy, the pygmy goats! These are little bundles of fun too. I could definitely make room in my back garden. What a brilliant Alpaca Adventure. It was very educational and we had great fun. I have some beautiful Alpaca fleece to enjoy. I am off to work on a business plan! I need a career change. Euan would be a brilliant 'Farm Manager'. I will definitely go back to the farm, I have asked Ginnie to let me know when the 'Australian Shearers' are in town! Wink, wink!