A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

March 1, 2008

Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns Blog!

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since I started this blog, the time has passed quickly. The blog has brought me much pleasure, through the blog I have “met” people from around the world some who own alpacas, some who would like to own alpacas and some who just enjoy reading the blog. It has been great to exchange experiences with other alpaca breeders around the world, and also to be able to keep in touch with family and friends in many countries who like to read what we are up to at Windrush Alpacas.

As I start a new year with the blog I am looking forward to another year of life with the alpacas, new crias will start to arrive in a few months, shearing looms ahead of us and as with any business there will be the everyday challenge of keeping it running smoothly.

In a few short weeks we will have a “cria” of a different sort arriving in the world. The word “cria” is a Quechua word for baby, and baby Pienescu, the daughter of Laura and Ren will be arriving soon, making Ric and myself grandparents for the first time. I have warned Laura that while I am great with new borns that are covered with fur I am not so certain about the furless human variety!

I am sure the next year will bring us our share of surprises, hopefully all pleasant ones. As the alpaca industry develops we see more of a focus on alpaca fiber, and that has certainly been reflected in our business and is something we intend to focus on and develop further.

As a reward to myself for having created a blog entry for almost every day of the past year I intend to give myself one or two days off from blogging each week. While I usually don’t have any problem coming up with something to write about, I do wonder if my content would be fresher if I gave myself a break once in a while. I would hate for the blog to become dull and uninteresting just because I think I have to post something every day. You know how the saying goes “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”.

I hope those reading the blog will continue to do so, feel free to pass on the blog address to those who you feel might enjoy or benefit from reading this blog . As we encounter different experiences at the farm I will share them with you. The alpaca industry is relatively new as livestock industries go and there is still much to learn. I feel that by alpaca breeders openly sharing information that the learning curve will be much easier on us all.

So Happy Birthday Blog – and may you have many more!


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