Today I want to tell you all about my meet and greet with Alpacas yesterday.
My best friend has been talking about Alpacas for years now, but she has no space for them around her home. So sad!
All of a sudden 2 weeks ago, she said: let’s meet the 17th, I’ll come to you and we’ll go somewhere. It’s a surprise!
if you read my blog about celebrating life, you know I’m very good at guessing what my surprise will be. She knows that too, but still wanted to keep it a secret. So the challenge began!
The first hint I got was that Maarten couldn’t come because it would be too girly. Hmm.. what could that be?!
So I thought maybe she wanted to go horseback riding on the beach? Or a high tea somewhere? But she isn’t really into horses, and neither am I. So that wasn’t really an option. High tea was stil possible but she wouldn’t be so secretive about it!
My 2nd hint I got on Friday, when she suddenly texted me: whaaa I just saw the temperature is going to be so low tomorrow, it is going to feel like it is below 0 degrees C!!! And we need to be outside tomorrow!
Right, so high tea was no longer an option…
I spend half of the evening thinking about what the activity could be, knowing my friend, it could literally be anything.
But Alpacas are still her favourite animals and I know she has never been somewhere to feed or touch them. So I checked online to see if there were any Alpaca farms in the neighbourhood. Well, it turned out there were too many to count! So my bet was a visit to an Alpaca farm.
On Saturday when my friend arrived, we first had lunch and a short chat. Maarten told her that I thought we were going to do something with Alpacas. She kept such a straight face! So I still didn’t know if my guess was right! We jumped in the car and started driving, she gave me directions, still without telling me where we were going! After 45 minutes driving, she said: “ok, we have half an hour left to get there, and according to google maps, it is just over half an hour drive left.”. So I continued the drive, still not knowing where we would end up.
When we were only 15 minutes away she said: “ok, I’ll tel you now, you guessed right… it is not fair! how did you guess this?!”. She looked up the information that was send to her via email and finally noticed that we needed to be there 15 minutes in advance. Hahaha, that was literally not even possible anymore, we where going to be right on time or a few minutes late actually.
But they didn’t mind we were a little bit late, luckily they had been waiting for us.
So after a small talk and explanation we were escorted to the Alpacas!!!! (I’m typing the !!! for my friend, she was so excited!)
They told us some interesting facts like if they spit on you, you need to shower at least 3 times before the smell will be gone.. yikes!And that baby Alpacas (sorry, forgot the name) become fertile after 1,5 years (female) or 3 years (male). Fascinating these numbers don’t match don’t you think? Also, Alpacas don’t really like cuddles! What? Why does everyone think they are so cuddly?
The herd we visited stared out with 5 only 5 years ago, and now they have 30. Alpacas carry their baby for almost a year! (about 11,5 month) and can only carry 1 at the time, (sad fact) if it is twins, one almost always will die before birth.
These animals are into food! You would not believe it! As long as we had some food, they would be all over us, but as soon as it was gone, gone was their interest in us too!
But it was fun! We got to spend about an hour with these funny animals, then we had a cup of tea and a lovely apple triangle. It was so nice to just spend some time with my friend again, we hadn’t really spoken with each other in months, so we were waaaay overdue for a girls day.
I still need to ask her to be my witness at the wedding, any ideas to make the question extra special? Currently I’m thinking about taking her out for dinner to ask it, or we might invite all our 4 witnesses for dinner at our place around Christmas and ask them all together then. Any thoughts?