My sister and her husband, who are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas, had been planning on participating in their first National Alpaca Farm Days Weekend Event for a year and that weekend was finally here.
My sister had also decided that this would also be the official opening of their Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store. This meant products had to be made and the store had to be set up. Needless to say even with a year to plan all this the closer it got to the day the more harried everyone became.
The event was meant to showcase alpaca farms, teach the public about the alpacas and to, hopefully, sell some products. So, of course, with a two-day event the weather was important. Luckily for us the weather forecast for that weekend was beautiful sunny days.
What could be better than spending a beautiful Fall day at the farm, sitting on the hill and taking in my sister's incredible view, learning about the animals and their fiber, and doing a little shopping. Sounds like a perfect day to me.
So, of course, I went to help. Truth be told I just love the alpacas and taking pictures of them. And, I knew the "dollies" would love seeing new pictures of their alpaca cousins. Here's some of the pictures I took:
The girls were getting ready.
Petunia was in her hay pile.
Roxy and Zinnia were getting ready. There would be visitors today so they needed to look their best.
This meant a little rolling in the dust to make themselves beautiful for their guests.
After that it was time to feed their growling stomachs.
A little bit of rest was in store before the guests arrived.
And, of course a little fun in the hay pile was in order. The girls were definitely ready.
Masquerade was still pinning for the girls but at least he wasn't moaning.,
Cosmo and Berberis were getting ready. Cosmo knew he had to be at his very best. He's the official farm greeter after all.
And, Boots just stood as regal as ever. Perfect posture, perfect disposition - everything you'd expect from a senior citizen.
Everything was set. Everyone was ready. The fog had burned off and it was going to be a wonderful day.
And, that it was. Everyone who came loved the view, loved the alpacas, and loved the farm store. Some just sat on the hill to take in the beautiful view while others tried and tried to get the female alpacas to come over to the fence to no avail. Cosmo, on the other hand, absolutely loved all the attention and played his part to a tee.
At the end of the day everyone was ready for a nap. No time for that. There was still another day to go and everything had to be ready again. No rest for the wicked.