A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

December 12, 2007

Pacas Around the Tree

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Christmas Pacas  For our Open House at the weekend we tried to add a little bit of Christmas cheer to the farm.  We had Christmas music playing in the studio and had a nice bayberry candle burning in a little chiminea to provide a Christmas aroma while our guests browsed the alpaca products that we had for sale.

Looking around the studio though it looked a little bare, we decided that we needed some form of Christmas tree to brighten the place up.  By the time we decided this it was a little late to go out and buy one, so Ric was sent packing to one of our storage buildings to dig up our “skinny trees”.

The skinny trees made it into our household a couple of years ago.  Usually at Christmas time we have a live pine tree in the house for our Christmas tree.  Like many people we were in the habit of going to a local Christmas tree lot and picking out the perfect tree.  A couple of years ago though our Christmas tree routine failed when there was a shortage of trees, we went to the Christmas tree lot only to be told that there were no trees available.  At first we thought it was a joke, but then discovered that it was not and there were no Christmas trees available in Clovis, New Mexico at that time.

How could we have Christmas without our traditional tree?  We were not fans of artificial trees but that seemed our only option.  We went to a couple of stores but were not impressed with the artificial Christmas trees they offered.  Eventually we ended up at a craft store and that’s where we spotted the skinny trees.  Ric was not too impressed initially and I suppose it was hard to get used to the idea of something so different from our usual Christmas tree, but they were the only thing we had come anywhere close to liking and so three skinny trees of various sizes came home with us.

Having set the skinny trees up at home, we decided that we really quite liked them, so much so that we used them again the following year.  They are very different and not too everyone’s taste but many people who visited us commented on how much they liked them.

So this past Saturday the skinny trees were dug out from storage and two of the three were set up in the studio.  They looked a little bare and so we started to look around for something to make them look more appealing.  Our eyes came upon our two extra large toy llamas that Ric’s son Paul had sent us from Peru a couple of years ago.   This particular size of toy llama is hard to come by and I had asked Paul to buy us a couple if he saw them in his travels, which he did (thank you Paul!).  Then we saw our carved wooden alpaca, that particular figure is from Ruidoso, New Mexico which has several craftsmen who carve bears out of wood using chain saws.  An enterprising alpaca friend of ours had approached one of the craftsmen and negotiated for him to carve a batch of alpacas with his chain saw.  When we saw them we had to have one and so the carved alpaca took up residence in the studio.

Ric has a much more artistic eye than I and in minutes had the trees, llamas and alpaca set up.  Several of our visitors commented on how much they liked Ric’s Christmas scene and so we are thinking of moving it into the house now that Christmas is closer.  We will bring the third tree into the house too and Ric will rearrange things to incorporate that tree.  I guess to some people it might seem to be a bit of an odd Christmas decoration but we feel it is appropriate for us and will enjoy having our little herd of “easy keepers” (no feed or vet bills on these guys!) in the house for a while.

Of course we are not too sure how Snuggler the cat will behave around our trees, he’s quite a lively young fellow and from years of cat ownership I know Christmas trees seem to have a magnetic quality to young cats.  We will just have to hope that all goes well with Snuggler and the trees and be prepared to wake up to a tangle of trees and cat in the morning!

Rosemary 

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