Welcome to Suzanne’s World

Jul 7, 2016

Welcome to Suzanne’s world – well part of it at least – there are some things that remain sacred!

This blog is intended to entertain and inform about certain aspects of life at AlpacaArte – a fledgling business with a foray into the intriguing and inquisitive world of the alpaca.

Research, research and research some more – alpacas were no different – a task made very easy with the internet. I had already joined the British Alpaca Society at the National in 2015 as I determined that the UK would be my best marketplace and I had links there still. On subscribing to Alpaca World Magazine I was invited to contribute an article on my alpacas here in Andalucia, Spain. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute. If you do not subscribe you can read the article online in the Spring 2016 Issue. The article is entitled ‘Spanish Steps’ – http://www.alpacaworldmagazine.com/.

Since those first fledgling steps – and a very sad tragedy on the way – I have gone headlong into this fascinating world. I spent a very entertaining time in April 2016 in the UK where I attended a BAS organised Fibre Workshop with Paul Vallely. For those of you who do not know Paul, he is the founder/owner of AAFT (Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing). A very clever, highly qualified and knowledgeable man who is passionate about his subject. He delivers his lectures with a refreshingly no-nonsense approach and if you ever get a chance to have a yarn with him in the Bar (pun only slightly intended) then jump at the opportunity! You will be well rewarded.

I was also given a very warm welcome by the alpaca herd owners I was able to fit into my whirlwind trip. Without exception they were more than happy to show me their alpacas whether for sale or not; and were willing to pass on a lot of knowledge and advice to a newbie in the world of breeding these exceptional animals. I attended the Heart of England show where I forged more friendships. I was more than a little amused at the relaxed mode adopted when showing the alpacas. The verbal critique is refreshing although I must say I did find some of the colour coding confusing!

On determining my fledgling steps were not going to get me where I wanted AlpacaArte to be any time soon, I took a massive leap and went on a buying spree that went ever so slightly out of control! Well I am a woman after all – I see it as my duty to womankind!

The first AlpacaArte cria were born at Meon Valley Alpacas in the expert care of Karen Oglesby – two gorgeous, healthy cria. Meon Valley Aphrodite purchased from Ken and Liz at Artwork subsequently gave birth to a brown female – the third AlpacaArte cria to be born but the first on the farm. If I ever had any doubts as to my choice then they have been quickly dispelled. I cannot think of anything better right now than to sit in the paddock and watch a week old cria play or simply interact with her mother!

Brave or bonkers?  Inspired or idiotic?  Perhaps a combination – but if you think this is lunacy then the developments of the next few weeks may just confirm it!

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La Chauviére

Email:  suzannecoldham@gmail.com or info@alpacaarte.com

Telephone: +33 967869488