Meet Otis, he is the one on the right. Otis is an alpaca, the one on the left is a Runner.
Yesterday we spent the morning at Burnt Fen Alpacas where the lovely Ann introduced us to her herd and we went for a walk in the woods. I have been thinking about getting some alpacas of our own for a while so this was my chance to get to know them a little better and find out if we might be suitable alpaca owners.
First, they are the most gentle, funny, furry creatures. Like giant teddy bears with a huge dollop of character. They are deeply inquisitive and don’t like to be left out of the action. Watching the two oldest boys, relegated to the top pen whilst we met the younger ones we were going to take for a walk, was hysterical. They were marching up and down their heads swivelling like furry periscopes as they tried to see what we were up to and work out why they had not been included.
Their coats are the softest I have felt and come in such a huge range of colours from deep black through the most divine grey and a whole gamut of browns and beiges through to camel and white. Having worked with sheep fleece I am very keen to work with some alpaca fleece and, apparently it is much easier to spin and doesn’t require carding which is certainly a good thing in my book!
We finished with a cup of tea in the garden as the girls fed the mothers and babies. It was quite the most blissful morning I have had in ages. If you are in the Norfolk area you must call Ann and arrange a walk. It is an experience you will never forget.
Meanwhile the Dancer and I have been investigating an introductory alpaca course ….