October 5, 2010

Fall is Here!

Fall has finally arrived! The weather has been in the low 60's for a few days now. So nice to pull out some long sleeved shirts and have the windows open for fresh air. The nights are perfect for sleeping under blankets.

With fall comes some fun things to do around these parts. The local alpaca place had an open house. I love to go there! It is so peaceful. I don't know why it happens, but it seems every time they decide to have an open house, it rains! We needed the rain, so I was glad they scheduled it when they did. They are starting to downsize a little so most of their yarn and fiber was 50% off as well as some of their alpacas. Since RL will not let us have an alpaca - and the town would probably frown on it too - we have to settle with pictures as well as fibery goodness! R got quite a bit to spin and I got some more to go with the last batch I bought. Hopefully I'll have enough to make something like a shawl.
Don't you just love the bowl cut? This alpaca has some serious bangs! I don't know what her name was. Bless her heart, she had a serious chewing problem! She would chew on the right side, then the left side, right, left, right, left. She'd swallow - then it would work it's way back up and she'd chew, chew, chew some more! She kept us quite entertained! And because it was raining, we got to see most of them up close and personal.

This is Sugar. She was born on a Thursday and we were there the following Sunday. She was really getting around! It was fun to watch her try to sit like the other alpacas. It looks like hard work with those long skinny legs!

Here's Sugar and one of the future mama alpaca's. I don't know why she stuck closer to this one than the others, but they were big buds. I think the big alpaca was due in another month or so. They have a gestational period of almost a year! Can you imagine? Whew! I was upset when I went three weeks over with L!

The owners children kept us quite entertained. They have five year old twins. That would be enough to keep one hopping, but they also have two older children. Anyway, we were talking to the twins about the dogs they have around there. They have three dogs who are definitely pets. They love to be oohed and aahhed over more than the alpacas. Then there are two 'work dogs' who are in the fields with the alpacas and watch them. The little boys told us they they protect them for 'ky-dough-dees'. I couldn't figure it out at first and then it was, "Oh, coyotes!" They were interesting little fellas and really in the know!

This is probably my favorite of all the pictures R took while we were there. They were just resting and watching the rain. I think they had the right idea!

1 comment:

Thimbleanna said...

Don't you just hate it when you want an alpaca and no one will let you have one? You're SOOOO funny! Looks like a fun place to visit!