Saturday, April 30, 2011

Edel haus farm

Today turned out to be a pretty amazing day!! Some of you may remember a recent confession of mine, my desire to live on a farm. If you missed that entry, you can read all the details about that here.  

As we were out and about today...bikes in tow, heading for the trails I spotted this...


When I spotted them, I had not a clue what they were but I did know I was going back to get a closer look. A picture was a must!! Chuck, without hesitation, spun the car around and back we went. As we approached the farm, they started to run toward the barn and out of picture range. I was devastated. The "keepers" of the farm were out and about. As Chuck saw the tears start to flow, he said "I'll drive you up....and we'll ask if you can get a picture!! My heart skipped a beat and with unparalleled excitement, up the driveway we went. 

There we met John and Audrey, two of the friendliest farmers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!! They were so excited to greet and have us, they stopped everything they were doing to answer all our questions and let us meet their babies. Audrey left for a moment and came back with food so I could do this...

feed this sweet Alpaca.

We learned they had just returned from a show, that these animals are quite friendly and have the sweetest faces you have ever seen. They look a little like llamas but are a bit smaller. They are bred specifically for their fiber which is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves. These beauties are getting a "hair cut" shearing on May 13th, John and Audrey invited us back to see it, how sweet is that!!

These two were in the show and had to be separated from the others!!

I did not do a head count BUT there were lots!!

this one LOVED posing for pictures!!
and how cute is that face??

So, one big huge thank you to John and Audrey at...

Edel haus farm in Wall New Jersey
you really made my day!!
There is a p.s. to this story but it is too much for one day, I will add it tomorrow.
Something Audrey told us, something awesome...stay tuned!!!!

ps...I took all these pictures with my new Nikon...
I love it!!!!!! 

 hop on over and check it out!!


Ruth Hiebert said...

Those guys are adorable.I am so happy for you,that you had this experience.

LBB said...

They are so cute! Like big long neck teddy bears :) Can't wait to see what you post tomorrow!!

Tammy said...

Kind of look like overgrown poodles. So very cute!

TexWisGirl said...

They really are like an overgrown poodle crossed with a teddy bear! I love that you got to meet them and feed them and learn about them in person! John and Audrey must be the most wonderful people! God bless them for their kindness and time!

And thanks for sharing these sweeties with us via THE NIKON!

Tammy said...

Hi Debbie. Looks like you did it just right :-)

Thanks for linking up. The post can be anything really. So often we just post pictures without any details and I find myself wondering about the shot...where, why, and how the blogger took it.

Unknown said...

Always, always love your alpaca stories and pictures, so I had to come back HERE :) Question - when I was a kid, my parents used to take me to Cook County College agricultural right off Route 1, before North Brunswick, and you could walk around freely (sheep, pigs, dairy cows) -- is that still available???