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A visit to Houghton Hall

So, yesterday I got on the train from Finsbury Park early in the morning heading for Cambridge. The reason being that BBC Cambridgeshire radio wanted to interview Purl Alpaca Designs, and that is worth getting up early for! However, we arrived at the farm, only to find out that the women interviewing us had gone to Tracy’s house in the middle of Cambridge (wonder how you’d keep alpacas in between the houses there?) and not to the farm… So, the show was supposed to air at 12.30 and she didn’t have time to come to the farm after all, so no interview for us. Ah well, those 15 minutes can wait I guess!

But – it turned out to be quite a magical day for London-girl me. Let alone spending a day in gorgeous sunshine on the beautiful land of Houghton Hall, having never seen anything being born before, I got to witness the birth of a baby alpaca – or cria as they are more correctly called. The sight of an alpaca in a field with a head sticking out at the back, kind of reminded me of Zaphod Beeblebrox from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I half expected the little head to start talking…

With expert help of Elizabeth George the little lady was pulled to this world, and within an hour she was on her feet and feeding off her mum. Magical! I also got to meet chickens, kittens, a three legged alpaca as well as lots and lots of beautiful alpacas of all ages and colours.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of my photos from this stunning day!

I’ll sign off now, one experience richer, and with even more respect and admiration for these amazing animals! Kari-Helene

This alpaca had a ghastly accident;
losing her leg, saved her life,
so she’s now affectionately called Tripod!

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