A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

July 22, 2007

Building Confidence

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Fiber, Alpacas, camelids, General — alpacalady @ 7:55 am

The Saturday Skirting Clinic with Tim Lavan went well.  The pace was easy and we had plenty of hands on time with fleeces in the afternoon.  The participants had lots of good questions and left the class with a better idea of how their fleeces should be skirted and more confidence to do so.  Tim was a great instructor, very clear in his presentation and very approachable to the participants.  It’s always a good sign to me when the questions start flowing freely.  I took two of our fleeces to the clinic one from Windrush Anya and one from Windrush Tiarnan.  We looked at Anya’s fleece today and her dense, shiny, soft fleeces received lots of oohs and aahs from the other particpants.  Anya is such a beautiful girl and we beleive she is pregnant by Windrush Jennifer’s Zindel which should be a great combination.  Tomorrow I will use Tiarnan’s fleece which is a different fleece style but still is a beautiful fleece with an incredible soft handle.

Tomorrow the seminar is repeated for another group of alpaca breeders, I will be staying on to make sure everything flows smoothly and then will spend the night with our friends Brian and Nancy Thompson of Tres Amigos Alpaca Ranch in Franktown, Colorado.  We got to know Brian and Nancy when they purchased an alpaca, Nitia, who was boarded with us at the time, they are wonderful people and we are so grateful that Nitia brought us together.  When I visit Brian and Nancy I will get to see Nitia and her cria Svengali who was born at our farm.  Svengali now has a brother so I will get to meet him too.

On Monday I will make the drive back to New Mexico and will look forward to being back among my own alpacas again.  There isn’t too much planned for next week which is a good thing, after all my travels of late it will be good to have a “normal” week again (if there ever is such a thing as a “normal” week!)


PS  And a Happy Birthday to Laura (Mrs Pienescu!) 

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