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I forgot to share this years 1st visit to my local garden centre. No pics of Jack the cat, yet. The season is still young, plus he was sleeping so soundly in his basket. I did learn that the vast amount of turtles are there because of drop-off's. People that think an inch-sized turtle is cute until, it doesn't stop growing. Or one of the big reason's. Parent's of college/university students dropping turtles off after the 1st or 2nd semester because they don't want to look after their kids turtle. I wish people would think before they get certain animals. Whether it's animals that need special care or animals that may outlive you. By the way the turtle on top refused to come off the rocks during snack time, to get her treats. Apparently she's a hand-fed diva. The attitude she gave off was too funny.

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I'm also making my way through the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries by Nancy Martin. I finished Cross Your Heart And Hope To Die. Now I'm on to A Crazy Little Thing Called Death: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery. I treasure my reading time on the bus because that is the only time during the week that I have to read for pleasure, without guilt. Are you reading any good books or book series?


My 1st Tilley. Loving it! A lifetime guarentee  for replacement if it wears out. Insured against loss. This model has a UPF of 50+. Which is great for me because I can't wear any kind of sunscreen on my face. Breakouts galore. Don't mind the fluffy robe, I was getting comfortable for the rest of the night.:)

my first Tilly

Anyway it's  homework time now, so I can enjoy my weekend later. I hope you enjoy yours!

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I think I'm addicted & I've found a new animal that I'd like to add to my farm. I don't know that I'd breed, show, compete or sell the fibre because I'm more into the rescue of animals. I'm sure there are plenty of you reading this, that know of abused, neglected or unwanted animals of every species. Now to the good stuff!

The white Alpaca in the front, was the most vocal at the show. Cute though, & she had pretty blue eyes! I had some good conversations with 3 of the owners at the show. Of course the highlight of the day were the Alpacas but they were also selling their fibre, tools, as well as knitted ware.


This other Alpaca was having so much fun rolling in the hay. The 3 of them, in that inclosure were a mess but funny to watch. I could have stayed there all day.


Did you know that a herd of Alpaca eliminate in pretty much the same spot? So you don't have to worry about them ruining your land. Pretty neat as far as I'm concerned.


The mama is in the front, she's 7. The dark one is a boy. He's still allowed to hang out with the girls because he's not sexually mature yet.


Getting a treat from their handler/owner. Apparently Alpaca feed is pretty simple. Hay, with some mixed food supplements. Protein is low, approximately 12-15%. No stomach issues to worry about.


The cria (baby), I think she was a girl, was born Feb, 15th, 2011. Not during the scheduled breeding season. Her & 2 other cria were a "mistake". A male jumped a fence, during a snowstorm and had a good 6 hours or so of fun before anyone noticed. Apparently owners like to breed them so they have babies in the warmer months.

Did you know that Alpacas are very good at defending themselves? We have a coyote problem in my county but as long as the Alpaca are together, it's not an issue. They will kick & trample to death most predators that come near them. Pretty awesome!

Alpacas are pretty low maintenance. No special/difficult diet required. Able to defend themselves. They don't spit unless they're highly agitated. The fibre is mostly hypoallergenic & so soft. I could go on & on.

Llamas are still good in my books but they are huge in comparison to an Alpaca. Llamas are so much more intimidating to me.

Garden Centre turtles, culled tremendously from my last visit.
Jack the Garden Centre cat. It's the 1st time I've seen him out of his cardboard box & awake.

Are there any animals that once you've seen them in person & learned more about them you were totally smitten?

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Till next time,