OUR SMALL HERD
Our four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 8 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
http://www.alpacaseller.co.uk/). About a week ago I put out a bucket of Camelid mineral lick for our boys, but as yet none of them has licked it! Our weather has been quite wet but the boys are happy to wander about in the rain and only use their field shelters when they want to. Our sheepish neighbours have now moved on to pastures new leaving the boys to look over the fence at an empty field, apart from an occasional visiting Badger and rabbits. We try to keep the Badger at bay due to fears of the spread of bovine TB which does affect Camelids.I've been making necklaces this week. The photo shows (left) a necklace of Merino and Alpaca felted balls. The middle one is Merino and Alpaca swirl. The necklace on the right is from Turkish and Gotit's felted fleece. I've also been spinning Ardo Hamish's fleece and it is brown and very soft. He is being sold by Lorna at Ardo Alpacas and can be seen on the Alpaca Sellers web site (