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, 30 April 2011

Messing about.

Nice weather this week, frosty first thing until the sun gets up, then really nice.  It gives the boys an opportunity to laze around or mess about in the water trays.  Faro keeps a wary eye as usual on the photographer whilst his pals Fyta and Gaucho play in the water.  Gully is on the far left and Wee Eck on the right.  This week we put a dung sample into the Vet Lab in Inverness and have since had the 'all clear' for fluke and worms, which is good news.  We do this dung analysis twice a year.
Still watching the photographer, Faro is in front of Gaucho who is now in the tray.  It's taken Gaucho a wee while to venture into the water but he's now doing it.
Fergus is lying by the tray with Fyta in it as usual and just about to pick up the watering can!   Fyta has a habit of picking up watering cans, hay buckets and feeding bowls and depositing them in other parts of the paddock.  He loves Robbie's work gloves and pulled one off and ran away with it on one occasion.  Fyta was one of our original 4 boys, four years ago and initially he was very wary of us, always holding back.  Now he's always on the front line when something new is going to happen and loves to play.  Faro and Wee Eck are looking on.
Boss-man playing with Faro in the key of G!
After a fairly hectic event last night at a neighbours to celebrate the royal wedding in the Highland tradition, it was a kilt swinging, bagpipe and fiddle playing, Gaelic singing session with a slightly slurred rendition of 'Mhairi's Wedding' and rounded off with various eightsome reels and the 'Dashing White Sergeant' - it was good to relax in the veg garden this morning and clear the head!  Some of the veg plots have been planted up and others wait for rotovation with the excellent Mantis rotovator.  The early tatties are well advanced in the Keder polytunnel so we are looking forward to the first tasting.

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