Some of your guesses were quite comical.
No, I’m not pregnant. At 60 years old, I would cry.
No, there are no grandchildren on the way.
No, I’m not going to travel the world, write books, design fabric, go to work for a magazine, etc. although I’m flattered that you think I could do that. And no, I’m not writing a new mystery or bom.
A few of you were pretty close and one pretty much hit the nail on the head.
Diane (DAH) is the winner for the random number selection!
Cheryl in PA left the funniest comment.
Linda, Ruth, Bobbie, and Michele were all very, very close but nobody was 100% correct. Meet Baby Ray. He’s 5 months old right now and is being weaned from his Mom. Baby Ray is blind from birth and is coming to live with us to be spoiled rotten. Isn’t he just adorable?
I’ve never been around alpacas but I think they’re so cute. They have great personalities and are friendly towards people. Baby Ray won’t be coming here all alone. He’s coming with 9 adult alpacas from Oklahoma. We’ve arranged for someone to drive up there, pick them up and transport them back to us. This will happen in March.
In the meantime, we have to get a fence and shelter ready for them. It’s been so rainy & wet here that we haven’t been able to get out there to do a fence plan but we plan to do that tomorrow. Don has already got an idea for building their shelter. I understand they don’t like to be enclosed so this will be a 3-sided shelter with a roof.
The plan is for me to have their fleece for dyeing & spinning into yard for knitting & weaving. Options will receive some of their fiber for weaving. We’re getting some “fiber boys” in these colors:
5 whites (huacaya)
1 true black (huacaya)
1 medium brown (huacaya)
1 dark brown (siri)
1 dark rose grey (huacaya)
1 brown & white (huacaya)
No girls…we’re not interested in breeding them. I am so excited about getting these boys and so is Chris. Don says he isn’t excited but thinks it will be fun & interesting to have them.
Besides having luscious fiber, they provide great compost for gardening. It’s not a hot compost so it can be applied directly or a “tea” can be made for watering with.
Want to see a few more?
I’ve talked at length a few times with their owner and she has helped me choose the boys that will give me nice fiber. I am so grateful to her for all the help. I’ll post pictures of the others another day.