Just over five years ago we decided to move to the Norfolk countryside having lived in London all our lives, we were tired of city living and wanted to escape and experience life in the country and to enjoy the peace, clear night skies free from light pollution and the lovely rural community. We had always loved animals and were used to sharing our lives with furry creatures, as our new home had some pasture land we thought it would be a nice idea to have a few chickens and possibly an orchard, this idea changed very quickly.
We did get a few chickens (all named after our great aunts - Grace, Alice, Dolly and Betty) and began to enjoy fresh eggs. The orchard was in the planning stage and that's as far as it got. We visited some alpaca that lived locally and after one encounter with these curious and wonderful creatures, we were hooked.
We soon discovered that three of the alpaca were no longer wanted, Archie, Pippa (his mother) and Lola (an ex-zoo animal), we decided after very little debate that we could not resist the opportunity to give them all sanctuary - who needs an orchard anyway!
Our three lovely alpaca (Archie was a small cria at the time and only 4 months old) came to live with us in October 2013. We quickly fell in love with all of them and learnt everything we could about alpaca so that we could care for them properly, we did a great deal of research and attended training courses. We soon realised that alpaca thrive best in larger herds - so it started and Trelawn Alpacas began!
We contacted a local alpaca farm with an excellent reputation and very soon our herd grew to 6, Elle, Clover and tiny Floella, who was only three weeks old joined us in September 2014 and were immediately a part of our alpaca family.
We continued to do more training and learnt how to condition check our animals, clip their toenails (there is something we thought we would never say), give them their injections and how to keep them in wonderful condition so they can live happy and healthy lives. We also found a great local vet who could work with alpaca.
We had come a long way in a very short period since leaving London and our lives couldn’t be more different.
After a while, as Archie grew we noticed that he was becoming distant from the herd and we realised that he needed some male company. Along came little Finn who very quickly became Archie’s main man and they remain the best of friends, they can often be found hanging out together away from the girls, enjoying a good chest bump and sitting together in their very own alpaca man cave / shelter, chewing on the their hay and having a good alpaca man chat.
When Clover arrived she was already pregnant. in September 2014 she gave birth to our lovely Talula, we both witnessed the birth accompanied by Archie and the family, there could not have been more excitement at the arrival of this lovely cria, from us and the alpacas - they get extremely excited and curious at a newborn alpaca, it is a sight that has to be seen.
Finally in April 2015 Ginger joined us as a playmate for Talula. Talula at the time was getting very boisterous with the other alpaca and we felt that if she had someone her own age to play with this would give the rest of the herd a bit of respite - we think we actually heard a sigh of relief and a thank you from them on Ginger's arrival.
We also have Cayuga ducks, chickens and geese that Archie and Finn enjoy chasing (but would never hurt or even catch).
We are very fortunate to have many visitors to our home including our family and friends, all of who cannot wait to hang out with our alpaca. We see it as a privilege and an honour to share our lives and have such an amazing relationship with these fascinating and enchanting animals. We have learnt a great deal from them and never cease to be amazed at their antics and at the way they show affection and trust in us completely.
We would love you to come and visit us.
Julia & Glenn