Sunday, October 26, 2008

Alpacas 101 - October 2008 Edition

Jeremy instructs participants in alpaca training and handling techniques

A alpaca enthusiast takes Napster for a walk

Brady gives our guests some practice with a reluctant alpaca

"Alpacas 101" went beautifully yesterday. The weather was great, and we had a wonderful group of people attend the class. We had one relatively new suri breeder from Mississippi and six other people at various stages in their research of the alpaca business. The group really loved the outdoor, hands-on portion of the class. They learned about trimming alpacas' toenails, as well as haltering and leading.

I had a terrible case of the "um"s yesterday. Those poor people. I must have uttered "um..." at least twice a minute. Annoying. I am haunted by visions of my high school speech teacher giving me a bad grade, and buzzing me with her buzzer named Beula all day. (She used to "buzz" us everytime we uttered "deadwood" words/sounds.) Now that I think of it, I should look her up and ask her to come to my next class...that would cure me. I was off my game a little, no surprise as I was distracted by some real estate rumblings, but more on that later.

The Alpaca 101 participants were quite forgiving of my foibles and a great time was had by all. We talked about fiber more at this class than at any Alpacas 101 class I can remember. Fitting that our next class will be a fiber class entitled, "Basics of Alpaca Fiber & Smart Skirting for Great Rewards". It will be geared to beginning to intermediate breeders and will take place at our farm in January 2009.


idyll hands said...

Oh man, those Alpacas sure are cutie patooties. I just love 'em.

My8kidsmom said...

I wish I lived closer!!

Carol............. said...

Your blog is wonderful. We have a huge alpaca farm not far from our house (in Mt. Vernon, WA) and just love passing by and enjoying looking at the animals!

Carol............. said...

There's just something special about those guys...those little faces!

The Filigree Garden said...

Beautiful alpacas! I wish I had room for a couple. A friend has four alpacas for the fiber and they are so cute.

Thanks for visiting my blog. :-) With all that lovely alpaca fiber, spinning would be a great skill to learn for you. Have fun!