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.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

A busy week.

Here's a lovely piece of seasonal marketing - Easter chocolate slab, all the way from the Island of Coll!  Clever eh?  This was given to us by Gill and Ian who were visiting Inverness from the island, and being alpaca addicts, really needed a fix.  So far I've been able to keep Robbie away from the chocolate, but with Easter fast approaching I think I'm onto a loser.
Here are the bearers of the lovely chocolate gift, Gill and Ian, soaking up the 'paca atmosphere whilst the boys enjoy the last swede from the winter veg garden.  Fyta is at the front, Fidget behind Ian and Faro and Rufus at the side.  The weather just about held during the visit and didn't stop Fyta getting into the water tray for a splashing.
Gill and Ian managed to get some hands on work carried out with the boys in the catch pen which everyone enjoyed.  Faro is being led by Gill here, going off in a westerly direction - probably towards the ferry as she tries to sneak off home with the brown boy!  Ian and Gill live on a lovely island, have croft land with a beach and are just dying to get their own 'pacas.   Just a matter of building their house first, then a field shelter........or vice versa if Gill gets her way!  Spinning and felting are two of Gill's hobbies so there was plenty to look at and sample.  A lovely visit and the pair are now experiencing 'paca withdrawal symptoms back on Coll!
More visitors this week with a flying visit from Lorna and Sandy of Ardo Alpacas who were in the area making a delivery to a new owner - congratulations Deborah!  Here we are with the boys getting re-acquainted with their old Mum & Dad.  Wee Eck's transitional teeth are causing some amusement with one large tooth still in place whilst the other one was acquired recently by a tooth fairy.
Faro gets a kiss from Lorna whilst the other boys line up for their one...........all except Fergus who lets nothing get in the way of food! 
And finally.........Rufus!  Often a bit of a 'hummer', like Fergus, but a lovely boy who has settled down well with us over the last 9 months.  Apart from visits this week I also attended an afternoon course on 'Animal communication and animal healing', run by Louise Wallace at Dingwall.  The course was very informative and included alternative therapies which I find very interesting.  Happy Easter to all bloggers when it arrives!

2 comments:

  1. I wonder ...how long that chocolate...slab will last !!....mmmm..Looks like your visitors had a lovely time. Have a wonderful Easter..with your boys !.......Jayne

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  2. Ooooh! Sure would like a big piece of that chocolate slab!! What a sweet gift!! The boys look wonderful and no doubt the snow being gone. I love the shots that show the mountains in the distance. What a lovely spot you have!!...debbie

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