Monday, May 4, 2009

Just a little off the top, please

Yesterday Paulette and I went to our friend, Patty's alpaca farm, Apple Orchard Alpacas, to help with the shearing of her alpacas. We were there for 4 hours, which just flew by. It was fun finding out how alpaca fiber comes into being. Of course, I have pictures:

This is Chocolate Liberty, a lovely llama. She was born on the 4th of July, hence the Liberty part of her name. Libby is expecting a baby, which is due any day now.

Here is Paulette making friends with the lovely Silver Bells, an alpaca.

Here's me with Silver Bells. She's such a sweetie!

Pictures of the alpaca shearing follow:

In the last picture, Ben, Patty's son, is doing the shearing. Patty is in the peach shirt, and that's Paulette in the blue.

I don't have any pictures of me helping, because it's kind of hard to take pictures when you're actually helping. Those alpacas sure are strong, especially when they start struggling because they've had enough now and just want to run around. When they're done shearing, they also get their shots while they're still tethered down. When they're released, they are weighed before they get to go back outside.

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