|These two are forever fighting it seems, but I think they would|
miss each other if they were separated.
|A picture of me last week, filling in for Little Red Riding|
Hood. I used the alpaca scarf to good effect. It was really
warm and kept the cool winds at bay.
|Aggie looking rotund and hopefully pregnant|
|Chanel glowing in the autumn sunshine. She really is the|
colour of autumn too
The other meeting was meeting up with some with an aim to start putting together a programme for a felting holiday (details to be announced in the near future we hope). I am working on finding activities for day trips for people to experience more of Latvia, including Riga and a chance to be inspired by Latvian art and design. It is mainly aimed at those from abroad of course. We hope to arrange various types of felting courses, to suit different budgets, so we hope to make some more accessible to local people and some for people who would like to come for the experience of felting on an alpaca farm and visiting Latvia for the first time. All this planning will mean we can also put together holidays tailored towards individuals or groups. Quite exciting really and not the sort of thing we had thought of doing before, but if it works then great.
A friend who I met at the local camp last year and this year is helping me organise the Riga city tour aspect and she also introduced me to a lovely textile artist Ieva Prane. Ieva's work is very varied and it will be wonderful to include her on one or more of our felting courses. She is really open to sharing her work and what she does, which not all felters in Latvia are unfortunately. I also briefly met her husband Guntars and as I write this blog, Guntars' music is playing on the radio. He produced an album of Gregorian chants from ancient records he found in a library in Riga. Very peaceful!
|All ready for our visitors. At least it was nice and warm in the|
I am surprised that we are still getting visitors turning up on our farm, particularly at weekends. I even sold my first felted product this week, but don't get too excited it was just a felt ball, at least it was a start.We had one group from the local regional rural consultancy bureau during the week and a family who stopped to take a look at the animals at the weekend. We even have another booking for the end of the month for a small group who will be in the area for two days. It makes me wonder if we can do something for Christmas but that would be a challenge to come up with something but could be fun.
|A range of shawls, socks, pendants and scarves for sale|
|Sofie sitting in her favourite place when we are trying to move|
the chicken arks. As we carry them to their new position, she
tries to lick or rub up against Ian's face. Not easy to carry the
ark with two hands and fend off an affectionate cat.
|The humungous potatoes with a teaspoon for comparison|
|Shawls outside for pictures for the|
|This one was inspired by dandelions, not|
that they look like dandelions, but that
was the inspiration
|Mari looking out for Eyre, our little grey cat|
|Mari chasing Eyre off|