Another year has come to a close, and I am so glad that you've been a part of it in some way.
Whether we are already friends, you've visited us on the farm, we met at an event, follow me (or each other) on social media, or via this newsletter, I am glad you're here.
I love to share videos of the alpacas with you, their activities and antics during everyday life. As you already know, they are beautiful creatures with amazing (and goofy) personalities and mega-soft coats.
While I make videos all year long and share them on social media, I make one video at the end of each year highlighting the fun and adventures we've had with the alpacas over the past 12 months.
I've been doing this ever since we adopted our first alpacas in December 2014, and this year is no different.
In fact, if you need to keep someone entertained for a while (i.e., little kids), need an escape, or want to watch alpaca videos all day, visit my youtube page (@gsalpacas). There are 100+ alpaca videos to keep anyone busy.
For now, go make some popcorn, grab a beverage, sit and enjoy the below montage of alpaca fun.
I hope 2022 has been good for you and 2023 is even better.
What's ahead in 2023
While it may not be a white Christmas on the farm this year
were are still full of holiday cheer
The alpacas are nestled inside their barn
nice & warm growing next year's yarn
They are still and quiet, waiting for eight pairs of tiny hoof beats,
hoping Santa will fill their stockings with their favorite treats
(carrots, apples, & alfalfa hay)
Amity, Ace, Baxter, Genny, Lady, Melody, Olly, Pepper, Sparrow, Summer, Razzie, Thea, Stormy, and Tia
wish you a joyous holiday filled with alpaca kisses and nose boops.
Thank you for being on this paca adventure with us!
Winter is settling in on the farm as we received our first blanket of snow this week.
I've been curious to see how Baxter and Ace would react to the change in weather even though the transition from summer to autumn has been gradual, and their coats have been growing longer.
I did not witness Baxter or Ace's reaction to the first fallen flakes since it happened overnight, but neither seemed phased by it.
Baxter & his mom, Summer, and their holiday bowls
We've watched the boys walking around with a light blanket of snow on their backs - likely they don't even know it's there since they are so well-insulated.
And it was a surprise to already see the boys eating snow.
I saw them eating it, but I wish I had been there when the baby boys took their first tastes.
Did their moms teach them?
Did they see their aunties eat it first?
Did they wonder what it was and decide to take a taste?
I am simply left to wonder.
Baxter eating snow
Last Holiday Market for 2022
Is it me or are the holidays closing in fast?
If you have a little more shopping to do, we will be in Portsmouth on Sunday at Cisco Brewery for their holiday market as one of 30+ vendors offering an assortment of local and handmade items.
Live holiday music, food, and beverages are provided by Cisco Brewery.
Cisco Brewery Holiday Market
35 Corporate Drive
Sunday, December 18
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Can't make it to the event or you don't live locally? Visit our online store to view all our products.
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Alpacas Meet Turkeys
In honor of today's holiday, below are videos of our alpacas encountering turkeys over the years.
How would it end?... We didn't know.
For the most part, everyday life with the herd goes along swimmingly, yet suddenly, one of our alpacas was on the ground.
Did she trip? Did she get bumped while jostling for food and knocked off her feet?
We didn't see what happened. It occurred while we walked with the herd to feed them their evening meal and then we heard the thud.
We both looked back and found Amity on the ground, struggling to get up on her feet. With a little help, she did.
We thought the situation was odd and tucked it into our minds to keep watch in case it became more than just a coincidence.
The next day we noticed Amity favoring her right rear leg and limping. We also observed her struggling to stand up from a cushed (lying down) position.
Amity favoring her right rear leg.
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