Theo and the gang

October 05, 2014


It was a Saturday in August when I visited an Alpaca farm with some friends. It is located in the Uckermark, a beautiful landscape in Brandenburg, about two hours from Berlin. It was one of those summer days when the light and smell create memories of childhood summers - hot and long and full of adventures.

When we arrived we were welcomed by Theo, a black charmer with a friendly face and a wild haircut. I fell in love instantly. But I was told that Theo was more interested in blonde ladies...


We also met the rest of the gang and, honestly, Alpacas are amazing! They almost have an other-worldly appearance and the freshly clipped bodies emphasised the frizzy hairstyles - making them look like some Muppet Show fellows.

And they aren't shy, on the contrary, they are very curious and trusting already after a short time. Alpacas are very sensitive animals, especially when it comes to humans, similar to dolphins. That's why they are used more and more as an alternative to dolphin therapy, the farmer told us.


















The family who owns this farm and welcomed us so warmly and never tired to answer our many questions also showed us their wool mill. It is Brandenburg's first wool spinning company and here they process not only their own Alpacas' wool but also wool that is sent to them from all over the world. From washing the wool, to combing, to spinning, to twisting - it's a complicated process that involves much love and skill and many sophisticated machines.






Thank you, Mr and Mrs Funke of the Alpaka-Park for this wonderful day and for explaining all this with so much enthusiasm and delight and for letting us visit your lovely animals!

19 comments:

  1. Oh, was für süße Tiere. Ich bin ganz neidisch, dass ich es leider nicht geschafft habe, dabei zu sein :-( Ganz tolle Fotos!

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  2. Oh I love alpacas!! They are so gorgeous and cute and just look like they need a hug. I visited an alpaca farm once and it was great to see so many, I'd love my own some day! These are great photos, glad you had such a great, sunny day!

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  3. Alpacas! They look so funny, furry, cute, and look at their eyelashes! I love alpacas :3
    Love your photos! The one with the white alpaca looking at you with the other alpacas in the background sticking their heads together was too adorable!

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  4. Alpacas are the sweetest! I want a garden full now. They have such expressive little faces. Beautiful shots Nancy. Jx

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  5. Alpaca's are among my favourite animals. My mom made my day when she send me the link to this post (I also live in Berlin) :) Lovely pictures as well!

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  6. ahhh, too cute. absolutely adorable. I want one!!!

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  7. oh my, they are just unbarebly cute!

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  8. Arn't they cutest things! I always picture them wearing bell-bottoms once they've been sheered.

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  9. Oh my! The sweetness of those alpacas! ♥

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  10. OH MY GOD! Give me one♥♥:D

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  11. Oh my word, they're so cute!!! I want one <3

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  12. Love your photography - excellent!

    And this sounds like such a fun thing to do with your friends, the landscaping on the farm is beautiful :)

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  13. Love these photos! They're so cute haha

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  14. my mother is bolivian so i am very familiar with alpacas. they are such sweet creatures (a little less temperamental than their llama cousins, haha!) and their wool makes for the softest and warmest sweaters. it's so cool that you got to visit the farm and see the operations of the wool mill. i can't get enough of all those adorable faces, great pictures!

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  15. Alpacas look so bloody hilarious!

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  16. Awwww hahahaha the alpacas look so cute! You got quite close to them too.
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  17. aww they're so cute! look like they're always smiling! :)

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