Saturday, October 11, 2014

Alpaca Farm Days At Rock Garden Alpacas

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.

Everything had to be ready so there was lots to do and check ahead of time. Everything needed to go as planned.  And, everyone had to be ready.

Early in the morning with so much to do my sister and her husband weren't worried about the fog. They knew it would burn off.

The farm store sign was ready.

The flower gardens were in bloom and ready.

Pumpkin man was ready.

The mushrooms were ready.

The faerie house was ready.

The bathtub begonia garden was ready.

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.

Checking in on the farm store - my sister was ready.

The alpaca fiber ribbon awards had been hung.

The needle felted dolls made from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber were on display and ready to shine.

All of my sister's beautiful Inspired Creations By D handmade wall art quits had been hung on the walls. What an incredible splash of color they made. Just beautiful. I could stand there for hours just looking at them, but there was work to be done.

My sister's Inspired Creations By D patterns and quilt kits corner was ready and fully stocked. Anyone who was interested in making her wall art quilts would be happy here.

The alpaca gloves, socks, hats, hand warmers and boot inserts section had been fully stocked.

The fiber table was fully stocked and my sister's handmade alpaca ornaments had been hung from the ceiling and windows. They all looked so cute just hanging there.

My Alpacas Rock handmade pillows made from my custom fabrics were all in their basket.

All sorts of little handmade gifts and knitting supplies were in their places.

The custom fabric alpaca ornaments had all been hung and the dyed alpaca yarns were in their box.

My sister's hand spun alpaca yarn and beautiful alpaca scarves had been hung on the center display.

The customer convenience shopping bags had been hung.

Everything in the store was in order and ready to go.

Outside the Fall mum and hay harvest display was ready.

The alpaca fiber and facts display was set-up.

The complimentary food and beverages table was ready to go.

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.

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