New cria born 6-13-13

Snobelle and Peaceful Heart Tennysons Wild Bells

We are happy to announce the birth of our third female cria this year, Peaceful Heart Tennysons Wild Bells.  Bell is an adorable white alpaca who, like Early Riser, was born way too early in the morning for an alpaca.  We went out at 7:30am to find her walking around the pasture, nursing, and already dry.  We’re wondering if the weather this year is affecting the girls’ birthing schedules, as we’re not the only farm in the area with early morning births.

Bell’s mother is Snobelle, who is a recent addition to our farm.  We bought Snobelle last year, and this is our first cria with her, though she has had others before moving here.  Snobelle is a white alpaca with incredibly fine fiber.  At 7 years of age, her fiber is still classified as royal baby alpaca fiber (19 microns).

Peaceful Heart's Lord Tennyson

Bell’s sire is our own Peaceful Heart’s Lord Tennyson.  Tennyson has beautiful, dense and crimpy fiber, and has been producing lovely offspring.  In March, he won Get of Sire at the Virginia Classic Alpaca Show based on the entry of three of Bell’s fabulous siblings.

Bell gets her name from one of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poems, which we use for inspiration for all of our Tennyson crias.  So far we have had Milton, Becket, Timbuctoo, Lady Clare, Sir Galahad, Arthur, and White Owl.  Bell is named after a lovely poem named “Ring Out, Wild Bells”.  I particularly like the second stanza:

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

We are still awaiting a few more crias this spring.   You can see pictures of our earlier crias’ first haircuts on our Facebook page.

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