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March News

Hello, gosh how time flies!…It’s March already.


Ros is very excited, the yarn has been processed from our last year’s fleeces and it all arrived back at the Water Tower yesterday.
That will keep her busy and out of mischief for a while….but I wonder what she will make?


She says that she wants to get on with dyeing and making things rather than spending time washing and spinning our coats, so she had sent it to East Anglia Alpaca Mill, in Norfolk where apparently there are lots more alpacas too!


Let’s hope spring is on its way soon, we want our feet to have drier ground to tread on and fresh green shoots to eat.

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February News

Well, it is the middle of February already, so time to say hello again.

I have had a few people ask me recently, who is this person who is quietly making things from my, and my friends’ fleeces, so I thought I better tell you a bit about her.

Her name is Ros… well actually when it is written down she prefers it to say – Rosalind Stoddart. She looks after us as well as pinching our coats every June to make beautiful things.

Ros has always enjoyed making things, whether it is drawing, painting, printing, sculpture or the textiles that she does now. She tells me even as a very young girl she spent much of her time with her best friend, Sarah, making dens to draw and paint in.

After school Ros went to art college for four years in London, wherever that may be, and then did a teaching course followed by teaching art in a secondary school. Soon though she became a full-time artist having exhibitions in the UK and abroad. She also started up two arts charities (Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and Deep Roots Tall Trees), but all of this was before I knew her.

Now she lives at the Water Tower with her husband David, Beau the cat, many hens, even more bees and us the alpacas. She spends quite a bit of her time in her studio making the lovely things you see on this website.

Hope the weather is warmer by the time I write the next blog.
Keep warm, Reggie.

(A more detailed CV of Rosalind Stoddart can be found on the page About the Work)

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January News

Well, happy New Year everyone. This month I thought I would let each of us introduce ourselves. So I will go first:

I am Reggie, I am the boss and my word is law. I am great friends with David – you see we are both the leaders of our own packs here at the Water Tower. I take the responsibilities of leadership very seriously and keeping up the morale of my gang.

I am Raffles and I’m the rather sensible older member of the group and I have great respect for my friend Reggie and always back him up… especially when Truffle thinks he’s been so clever.

Truffle is my name and I’m the most intelligent (but don’t tell Reggie) and I’m the most good looking, but also my fleece was used to make Ros’s wedding dress because it’s so soft. Also I love puddles and dunking my under bits.

I’m Valiant and I’m the joker in the pack and Reggie gets rather cross when I fool around too much. I love visitors – playing chase round the field with them is great, or pulling off Ros’ hat and flinging it across the field when she’s poo collecting is a great way to get her attention.

I’m Victor and I like to lead a simple life, keep out of trouble and be friends with everyone.

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November News

Gosh this month feels quiet after the exhibition SEVEN MAKERS SEVEN VISIONS during the last week or so in October. We had so many lovely visitors come to see us in the field (we loved it – especially ‘show-off ‘Valiant, who thought it was great fun) and to see what was in the show. Ros was very pleased how people liked and bought her work made from our fleeces……in fact she can’t have a rest because she has to make nine more pieces of work commissioned from the exhibition. Our this year’s fleeces have not yet been made into yarn so it’s all rather difficult! But quite a nice problem to have sold so much of her things, that she has to make more. Ooooh!, we might become famous yet!

Anyway winter is on its way – we get breakfast every morning now the grass is not so lush and a new thing – Ros put straw down today in our shelter (Aunty Dawn gave it to her)! Oh that will be so cosy on a windy night. Also I think David has got someone to help him make the shelter larger. Last winter was SO horrid because of the constant days of rain for 7 months – it was horrid for our feet. We don’t mind the cold but that wet was very horrid indeed!

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October News

Hello again

Me and my pals are quite happy the weather is a bit cooler now and less horrible flies around. Also our coats are getting longer to keep us warm through winter which will be coming soon.

We are also very excited that it won’t be long now before the marquee goes up in the garden here for the exhibition SEVEN MAKERS SEVEN VISIONS – look what my best human friend, David, has made Ros (we do love her too) to hang these lovely scarves she’s made from our fleeces – I must say I am proud how soft they feel!

Please do come and see Rosalind Stoddart’s work and the other 6 Makers work here at the Water Tower. The exhibition starts on Thursday 22nd October at 2pm – please look at my September entry for further details.

With best wishes

Reggie

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Website Launch

Hi, I’m Reggie.

I’m the boss alpaca here and my friends, Raffles, Truffle, Victor and Valiant and I are pleased to let you know that today we are launching our new website. Today is the day to coincide with announcing the exhibition which includes the first public showing of work made from our fleeces. Details below.

We hope you like them….and will come to the exhibition to take a closer look.