September 2016

At the beginning of August, we exhibited our products at the Burwarton show, a very popular agricultural event which really pulls in the visitors. The show was celebrating its 125th year, which is quite impressive. Continue reading

August 2016

The excitement and bustle of the maternity ward continued into early July as my last two cria (alpaca babies) arrived. They were boys, and I’ve named them Indra and Ifan. Continue reading

July 2016

June was a joyful month as three of my girls produced beautiful crias- but this year we had the unexpected drama of a difficult birth to contend with. Continue reading

June 2016

At the beginning of the month there was Musicfest in Church Stretton – took 2 alpacas, Freddie & Finn who were in the square for most of the day- very popular with people asking lots of questions about them and taking photos. We were in the Shropshire Journal the following week.

freddie & finn musicfest

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May 2016

April was an exciting and eventful month, concluding with a special event at the Coco Alpacas shop on April 30 to celebrate traditional British wool shops.

The event, Yarn Shop Day, was part of a national awareness event to promote brick-and-mortar wool shops. In a real shop (instead of a virtual one) customers can see and feel the quality of different knitting yarns and receive free-of-charge, personal advice on their creative projects.


Val Pierce talking to one of our customers on Yarn Shop Day

Val Pierce talking to one of our customers on Yarn Shop Day

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April 2016

Last month I visited the National Alpaca Show in Telford and was delighted that Shropshire had a high profile. The county is well and truly on the map- thanks to Newport’s Alpaca Farm Eggnog, named as the Supreme Huacaya champion.
Alpaca Farm Eggnog is the first female winner of Supreme Champion in over ten years. The accolade was a great victory for a small local breeder against competitors from all over the country. In total 450 alpacas were exhibited at the event.

Line up at the National Show, Telford 2016

Line up at the National Show, Telford 2016

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March 2016

We’ve been in a spin at the Coco Alpacas shop in the past few weeks- but in the nicest possible way!

We welcomed Fiona Nisbet to the shop to give us a spinning demonstration on February 18th and quite a few people came in to watch. Fiona brought her own Joy 2 double treadle spinning wheel, which folds up and is easy to carry around: she spun some alpaca fleece that she had carded and hand dyed.
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February 2016

There’s been a real buzz around the Coco Alpacas shop since its launch in November- and the great atmosphere looks set to stay throughout February and the rest of 2016 as we continue with our workshops and special events.

January’s sock workshop and a weaving demonstration by Fiona Nisbet were both hugely successful and resulted in great feedback from participants. Continue reading

January 2016

I have lots of news to share with you about my plans for 2016 – but first let me wish you a Happy New Year. I hope it’s a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all of us!

December 2015 ended on a good note, as customers flocked into the shop in the run-up to Christmas. Continue reading

December 2015

Coco Alpacas Shop

My feet haven’t touched the ground since my last blog post.

I’ve been so busy arranging the stock in my new Coco Alpacas shop, dressing the shop window, meeting members of the public and the press, and of course looking after my beautiful animals!

The opening day was very successful and I had alot of support from Church Stretton folk and further afield too, because many people had read an article in the Shropshire Star about my new enterprise.

Everything just fell into place on the day and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: people seem to agree that it’s good for the town to have something a bit different, and my little cottage industry seems to have been welcomed with open arms.

Two of my favourite alpacas, Wizard and Derby, were on show in the Square, pretty much directly opposite the shop, and they certainly looked cute in their deep purple halters and pulled in the crowds. Continue reading