Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Well…that was a rather impromptu blogging break wasn’t it! For those of you that don’t follow me on social media (You should by the way – Instagram is my fave!) I have been having headaches and migraines constantly for a few weeks or so. Luckily the CT scan came back clear but I am back and forth at the doctor’s trialling different medications hoping one will work enough for me to properly get back to work and live my life again! Arrghhh! In the meantime the Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open and I will be dipping in and out here and social media when I can.
Anyhoo, Now that my Create 30 blog challenge is well and truly done and dusted I can concentrate on the other little doses of creative lifestyle goodness that are in my blogs tagline – like adventure! Hooray!
I really want this little corner of the blogosphere to be a mix of all things Art, Design, Craft and Adventure because, let’s face it, they are blooming great things to fill your life with!
I wanted to share ‘An Alpaca Adventure!’ with you for a few weeks now but with recent hospital stays and feeling pretty poop, it took a bit of a backseat. But, alas! Here it is because I just couldn’t let this one slip under the radar without documenting it – You know I am a sucker for documenting my life and what better way than to share it on this here bloggity blog!?
This year as one of my presents to my fiancé Chris for his birthday I wanted to mix it up a bit and get us out and about on an adventure. For years now we have been obsessed with how funny alpacas are. Before we moved, about ten minutes from our house, we used to drive past an alpaca farm on the way to go shopping in Cheltenham and always say hello to ‘Alan’ the alpacas (They are all called Alan right!?) which then turned into every picnic starting with…
“I’ll grab a blanket…Alpaca lunch!”
So, when I spotted an alpaca experience online I jumped at the chance to walk an actual real life alpaca! We went to Charnwood Forest Alpacas in Leicestershire and had the best experience – we are still laughing and talking about it now! This is not a sponsored post – we genuinely just had a fabulous time and I wanted to share it!
We started out with a really informative talk about the alpacas and the handling of them.
Fun Fact #1: Did you know there are 20 different colours of alpaca from white to black with the brown shades in between!?
They get sheared once a year and their wool can be used for all sorts of things but especially crafting! Have you ever knitted or felted with alpaca wool?
Fun Fact #2: Alpaca wool is different to sheep wool as it hypoallergenic – it doesn’t contain lanolin, which is the cause of many wool allergies.
I can’t take all of the credit for remembering all of the talk – I might have had to ring Chris at work to ask how many shades there were – He is a fact
brainiac enthusiast so I knew he would remember!
Apparently a lot of the time, the alpaca chooses the person for the walk rather than the person choosing the alpaca – how sweet! Jasper here definitely chose me by sticking his face right into mine! I think he could sense the fear to be honest; he had me totally summed up. I was super excited to be holding an actual real life alpaca – I think I played it cool…right!?
Off we went, walking our alpaca across the paddock and towards the open fields of the farm. This is where I very quickly realised that Jasper the alpaca was just using little nervous me as a freedom giver. As soon as he felt that fresh air on his face and the wind in his hair, as soon as his feet felt the grass between his hooves and the tree line in the distance…he bolted. What the heck!!?? There I am half running across a field, fingers so tightly clenched on his lead (I mean come on…who wants to be the only one to lose their alpaca?) and hoping to god that the leader girl will DO SOMETHING! It felt like a marathon to this crafty girl with stubby legs I can tell you. The panic was unreal!
Luckily he slowed and with a bit of wrangling I managed to get him back across the field to the rest of the group where I was told to be a bit firmer with him and not to let him be the boss of me – life lesson right there.
Life Lesson #1: Never let an alpaca think he is the boss of you.
Meanwhile, Chris has missed the whole debacle as he is too busy wrestling his own alpaca called Tailwind (a sentence I never thought I would write!) and only caught me on the walk back whilst I was snivelling away between an hysterical cry-laugh and hoping I wouldn’t get told off. Have you ever seen a guy so chuffed to be holding an alpaca? I blooming love this photo – I might have to frame it!