Nickelby At Darnum

Angela Betheras - the alpaca lady behind the business

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I would like to introduce myself to you as often when you come onto a site you are just not sure if you can trust it and if you are like me, you wonder, who is behind this business?

Well it is l! Ten years ago I purchased 67 acres at 308 Darnum Shady Creek Road and suffice to say the place was pretty empty.  As I tell visitors, there was no water, no power, no buildings, no tracks or driveways and the property consisted of 4 large paddocks with run down fencing.  Oh and there wasn't a house. There still isn't a house but that is a story for another post when I tell you about my adventure of building yurts and pods!

So prior to purchasing my 67 acres of nothing I had a B&B in the next town and only had 12 acres. I had two cute cottages in the garden and I built a photography studio in my garage and there I operated Angela Betheras Photography which I had previously run in Melbourne.  I was starting my alpaca journey in 2004 and up until 2005 I was commuting every day to the city because I was the International Supply Chain Manager for Coles Myer Ltd.  So my customers were Kmart, Target, Officeworks, Myer, Coles, BiLo and the list goes on. My team in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Shanghai basically bought in about one ship a week full of stock.  We were extremely busy!

However I finally had enough of the city life and thought it was time to make my home completely back here in West Gippsland where I grew up.  I grew up in Labertouche and rode my horse to school.  We had 19 students and one teacher.  The memories are fabulous, my maths and English were shocking!  

So in 2007 I stumbled across this property which I now call home as I was driving around killing time before turning up at a bride's house to start her wedding photography as I was early as usual. I walked around the property on a Friday afternoon and had purchased it by Friday night. I am known to be a little bit impulsive!

So my journey started with building the shop and studio and to kick start my marketing and trying to get people to come off the highway and pay us a visit.  March 1st 2018 will be our 10 year anniversary so watch the events page to see the party celebrations, it should be a big month (or 2)

I manage the business and the farm on my own but sometimes when you come you will meet my wonderful mother who often helps out or minds the shop when I have to go to a meeting.  She sold the family farm a couple of years ago and moved into the town so enjoys coming out to spend some time on mine and I put her to work!

So if you are passing, come in and visit, see the shop or if you can't make it then have a look at the online shop.  Everything is shipped from the lovely Darnum post office down the road and Julie makes sure everything gets off safely.

Until next time when I tell you about the fun I have had starting my yurt building and what my house will look like when I am living in the round!

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Angela & Miss Pasty