Since the beginning of the summer, Deb at Spring Pond Farm and Liz at Kilblaan Farm have invited me to come visit with their award-winning alpacas and see their farms.
Today I was able to visit with Deb and Ray at Spring Pond Farm and I was expecting to simply see her "girls and guys". That would have been cool all by itself since I have never seen alpacas before but there is so much more to her farm. Her 100+ acres include sweeping views of Powder Mill Pond and the hills to the West, a small apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and Christmas tree nursery.
Deb offered me the "fifty cent" tour and with her magnetic and energetic personality, I more than got my money's worth (plus I didn't really have to pay)! I got to pet and feel the soft coats of the alpacas, learn about the shearing process and how she spins their coats into yarn and creates finished clothing. The "ladies" seemed more timid around me but the "guys" came right over to say "hi".
Wool Arts Tour (Columbus Day Weekend...October 8-10), her store is open Thanksgiving through Christmas, and if staying with us, there's a chance we might be able to arrange a visit if the timing is convenient. Spring Pond Farm is just twenty minutes from us at Little River Bed & Breakfast and easily worth the drive!