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Category: Alpacas

The Daily Alpaca

27 October 2016 – Lashkar (at the front). Lashkar is the oldest of the alpaca boys and he’s incredibly tall!



28 October 2016 – Lapis (at the front). Lapis was so friendly on the day we got the four alpacas and is a friendly, quiet boy these days.

29 October 2016 – Latte and Poppy, the cat. Latte is a character and always wants to be close by me and Poppy – he loves her!



30 October 2016 – Lewisham is the smallest of the four alpacas and I was worried there was something wrong with him – the vet told me ‘He’s just a  little alapca,’ so that’s alright then!


31 October 2016 – Lashkar, almost renamed Johnny as he’s a heartbreaker with black eyes, black eyliner around them (well, it looks like eyeliner) and long eyelashes


1 November 2016 – Lapis is always curious but usually hangs back and lets the other alpaca boys go first, except when Poppy is nearby and then he’s right there.

Dunedin – 7 things I love about the place

Dunedin Railway Station

1. Dunedin Railway Station

Alpacas at Greg's Place - Karaka Alpaca Farmstay

2. Alpacas at Greg’s Place – Karaka Alpaca Farmstay


The Art Gallery

3. The Art Gallery

The coastline - near Tunnel Beach

4. The coastline – near Tunnel Beach

The stunning Lanarch Castle

5. The stunning Lanarch Castle


6. Dunedin Botanic Gardens

6. Dunedin Botanic Gardens

7. The architecture in the city centre

7. The architecture in the city centre


What’s the difference between an alpaca and a llama?


Lapis hogging the camera, and Lashkar behind

This is what I’ve picked up along the way:

An alpaca is way cuter, actually

A llama has banana shaped ears and an alpaca doesn’t

An alpaca is bred for its high quality fleece

A llama is used as a beast of burden – it carries things

An alpaca hums when it wants to communicate – and that can mean anything

A llama is heavier and taller than an alpaca

Baby llamas and alpaca are called cria – love that word

Llamas and alpaca are both camelids

They can both spit. Alpacas tend not to spit at humans; they prefer to spit at each other and mine spit sometimes when they want another one to get away from the hay!

They both eat grass and hay and have 3  chambers in their stomachs.

A big “Thanks” to Kit and Sheryl at Silverstream Alpacas where we bought our alpaca boys. We are so glad we met them!

The 4 alpaca boys and the horses

The 4 alpaca boys met our neighbour Linda’s horses when I got home from work today and it was a case of,  ‘What are you?’ ‘Who are you?’ ‘Will you bite my head off if I come near you?’ kind of chat between them.

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Who are you?

Lewisham the alpaca meets Taylor the horse for the first time





Alpaca watching, sitting in the lane


My stripey deckchair + laptop + brewshed + trusty old Hilux

Post much rest

Post munch rest and Lewisham doing his ballet exercises

I am writing this post sitting on one of our green stripey deckchairs in the lane, watching the alpaca boys. I can hear them munching away and wonder if, as it’s Sunday afternoon, this is their equivalent of a Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes. Every so often I hear a click and it’s Ken with the staple gun in the brewshed using a combination of the alpaca boys’ fleece and sheep’s wool to insulate the ceiling. He’s pushing it in to the ceiling, then stapling some weedmat over it to keep it in. I usually take the boys’ fleece to my wool man, Leo who washes it, then cards and spins it on his machines but I donated it to the brewshed this year. That is a well-insulated, cosy brewshed.

On the subject of Yorkshire puddings, thank goodness they are available here but not in every supermarket, so thank you New World Rangiora!

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