Palmerston North, New Zealand

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Erilyn, my host in Palmerston north lives on 3 1/2 acres with her own mini farm with a fruit orchard, flock of sheep and a clutch of “chooks”. One of the first things I wanted to do the next morning was to meet Erilyn’s sheep.

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What a beautiful face.

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This is my friend Casper, who I think was ready to come home with me,  doesn’t he look like he’s smiling?

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Erilyn, who has been spinning yarn since she was 19, gave me this gorgeous huge skein of yarn that is a blend of alpaca and romney wool. What an incredible gift, I will treasure it. Next, to decide whether to dye it or not and then what color if I do.

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These are Erilyn’s “chooks”, they didn’t like to hold still for photos from people they didn’t know.

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Erilyn told me about her neighbor who raises alpacas, I love alpacas! so she took me over for a visit before the workshop on Sunday.

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This is a one week old suri alpaca, its fur felt and looked just like silk.

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What a face! such character. Also a suri, you can see the way the hair hangs in silky strands.

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A lovely Peruvian alpaca.

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How can you not fall in love with those faces?!

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He also had a few black and white dairy cows. I saw a lot of these in New Zealand.

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Grazing alpaca.

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Later in the day Erilyn drove me up into the hills above Palmerston North to see the lovely view.

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A goat tied to a fence by the road.

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Farmed deer for venison.

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Then back at the house, a cute little hedgehog wandering across the yard for an early evening stroll. I was amazed that I could get quite close to it.

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A fiery sunset to end the day.

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7 Responses to “Palmerston North, New Zealand”

  1. Melissa P says:

    I totally agree–how can you not love those alpaca faces! So cute. And great fleece as a bonus. What a great addition to your adventure.

  2. Stacy Hurt says:

    Oh Girl you are living the LIFE! Good on Ya! LOL. I love the ‘choot’s but those sheeps are my fave.

  3. Erilyn says:

    It’s wonderful seeing everything we did together through your eyes. Thanks for the privilege!

  4. cindy shake says:

    What an adventure! The scenery, the animals and the friendly people!! I LOVE those sheep -how did you sneak one home through the airport security?! -haha!

  5. Jane LaFazio says:

    what a wonderful adventure!

  6. Melly Testa says:

    Once again, your trip looks amazing.

  7. Hi Judy: what a wonderful trip. The animals are so adorable…thank you for sharing your photos, as always, so generous.

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