The last of our alpacas were loaded up and are now at home in a new pasture. The chapter is closed on my career as an alpaca breeder. It was a wonderful adventure filled with loads of new friends and learning experiences.
We had the pleasure of getting to know a group of fabulous kids in the 4H alpaca program. It was such fun to watch them grow in confidence, gain new skills, mentor each other and become mature young adults. They have become lasting friends and I’m grateful to be able to continue to share in their adventures into college and beyond.
Over the years we were open to the public as an agri-tourism destination, we met so many fascinating people. They came from all over the world and spoke many languages. Many would come back year after year when they visited Whidbey. Still a year after the farm was closed to visitors, I still get several calls a week and people that drop in because they’ve been here before and wanted to come back to see the alpacas again. It’s sad to turn them away.
The plan is to continue working with fiber and focus on hand weaving alpaca rugs. Our alpaca yarn is for sale at Knitty Purls, a lovely local knit shop in Langley, WA. And the rugs, well I’m not sure yet where they will be featured for sale.
Thank you to all of the hundreds of visitors that came to the farm. Hal and I loved sharing our alpaca lifestyle with you and introducing you to the most charming and luxuriously fluffy livestock you’ll every meet.