December 2015

Alpaca Origins

28 December, 2015 - 11:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

Alpacas are a South American camelid and are often confused with Llamas; though both come from the same area they are different species of the Camelidae family.  Alpacas have been kept for thousands of years, for both their high quality fibre and their low fat meat.  It is fair to say that Alpaca meat is still not widely available in the United Kingdom, but is known for being low in fat and cholesterol as well as high in protein; it has been marketed as the ‘healthy’ alternative to beef.

Shepherding in the alps

14 December, 2015 - 11:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever tried to herd sheep will know that is can – at times – be rather tricky.  However, our herding distances and efforts pale in comparison to those undertaken by the shepherds and their flock in this picture. 

Wool scouring in the Auvergne

1 December, 2015 - 15:45 | Sue Blacker

Here is the wonderful view of some of the extinct volcanos in the Auvergne, seen from an excellent French motorway service area, called the Aire des Volcans, usefully!  It's pretty close to Clermont Ferrand (famous for Michelin tyres, and maps and guides of course) and rugby. 

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