OUR SMALL HERD
Our original 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 5 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.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Here we go again!
Here are the boys at 8.00 am today waiting for their haylage breakfast. They had a boring day yesterday with continual blizzards which confined them to their shelters for most of the day. We don't shut them in, they make their own decisions about when to stay out or go into the shelters and this works well - hail or heavy rain sees them racing towards the shelters in a long line.
Here are Fidget (left) and Fergus having just sheltered from yet another snow shower.
This shot was taken at lunchtime today, at the top of the track leading down to our house and the paddocks, after the snow-plough had passed. The 3 'top' paddocks can be seen in the middle of the photo running left to right. The two field shelters are in the centre paddock, in front of the hedge. If you magnify the photo you will be able to see the boys being nosey as usual and looking up at us. By the end of today the weather had calmed down and we are hoping for improved weather and no more snow for a while. Our track is filled in with snow drifts at present which even our 4 x 4 can't handle.