Alpaca love. Image: Su Leslie, 2017
So there’s that thing, right? Where you go through life oblivious to stuff (like National Appreciation Days), until someone (my friend Sarah, over at Art Expedition) makes you aware of them.
Then of course, they’re everywhere.
Which is why you’re looking at a picture of an alpaca.
According to a post I saw on FaceBook (no eye-rolling please), in which a friend was tagged, today is National Alpaca Day. At least here in New Zealand it is.
According to the National Alpaca Association of New Zealand, “… Alpaca owners throughout New Zealand open their farms to the public to promote alpacas, alpaca fibre, and alpaca products.”
So if I get off my bum quickly enough, I can spend today overdosing on camelid* cuteness.
Since that’s unlikely to happen, here are some I prepared earlier.
More camelid cuteness. Edited with Snapseed and PhotoLab. Image: Su Leslie, 2017.
Sarah is doing a series of posts this month around the daily National Appreciation Days that take place in May. Please visit Art Expedition to see her clever drawings and paintings, and wonderfully creative posts. Since I don’t have Sarah’s skill with a paintbrush, I’ve enlisted the help of the Snapseed, Stackables and PhotoLab apps.
Not sure of the collective noun for alpacas? Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and PhotoLab.
A song to play us out?
How Bizarre, by OMC (Otara Millionaires Club) was released in December 1995. It was hugely successful in New Zealand, and unusually for Kiwi music, also charted (in 1996) in a number of European countries, as well as Australia, Canada and the US.
I first heard this while driving on the M11 near Bishop’s Stortford.
For those of you who remember the song, does it evoke any memories for you?
May is NZ Music Month.
* Alpacas, like lhamas and camels, belong to the biological family Camelidae, the only currently living family in the suborder Tylopoda. Camelids are even-toed ungulates classified in the order Cetartiodactyla, along with pigs, hippopotamuses, whales, deer, giraffes, cattle, goats, antelope, and many others. So there!
Thank you Wikipedia.