People often ask me if the alpacas mind being sheared. Well, alpacas seem to have their own personalities and therefore, their own opinions about being sheared. Giving up control to a group of people, with one of them holding some power shears, is undoubtably not an alpaca's idea of a good time. However, the majority of ours seem to actually relax on the table to the point of appearing to be snoozing. No doubt many appreciate the instant cool sensation from being released from those pounds of fibre growth.
Every year, though, there is one winner in "The Most Annoying Alpaca on the Table" award. This year was Vivaldi. Vivaldi is normally a very calm, cool 2 year old. The whole time on the table though, he screamed a very high pitch, deafening squeal and had very vile smelling green spit bubbling out of his mouth. Of course, since he was laying on his side on the shearing table, his head was rubbing in the green slime. The person covering the head also came in contact with the smelly green slime. (That would be my freaked out teenage daughter :) hehehe)
So, without further ado, I present "Vivaldi the Slime-Faced". Shame on you Vivaldi, you smelly boy.
I found a new book at my public library that every handspinner that I know will want to rush to get their hands on. It's called "The Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook" by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius.
So far, I've planted lettuce, purple beans, squash and 3 types of tomatoes in my little garden. I still have room for a couple plants. This is going to be my most successful garden yet.