We had an exciting weekend up in this neck of the woods. Although we held the ceremonial groundbreaking last week, the real groundbreaking was this past Thursday. We got up early on Saturday and headed to Fair Winds to check on our hole in the ground. Let me tell you…it is a BIG hole! We walked all around it and down into it. There are big piles of dirt around the edge…top soil in one pile and subsoil in several other big piles. And piles of rocks and stones near the culverts where the driveway crosses the dry-bed creek.
After we spent time really soaking it in and then spending a few minutes with the site foreman placing our septic field, we got back on road headed for the Howard County Fairgrounds for the Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival. We attended two seminars — “Preparing to Bring Your Alpaca Home” and “Getting Started in Alpaca.” I was surprised by how many questions Dale asked. He seems to be gaining a lot of interest. I’d like to figure out if we really want to do this. A big piece of that decision will be arming ourselves with as much information about caring for a herd as we can. As charming as they are, I realize that there will be a lot of work involved. After the seminars we wandered around the barns patting their fuzzy heads and necks and talking to owners. We’ve now got a list of farms to go visit and we made a lot of furry friends. Dale thinks the Suri alpaca look like they have dreadlocks. The cria are SO adorable. I did some market research by buying some yarn made of 4 plies, each from a different alpaca in a different shade. This technically doesn’t break my yarn diet…it’s research after all. I did buy one other skein of lettuce colored lace weight…again, no diet violation — what diet doesn’t allow lettuce? At the end of the day we ended up coming home with an alpaca of our own. He’s still nameless though. Readers? Any ideas??