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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Sunday, 10 April 2011

This is more like it!

This is more like Spring weather - at last!  Like most of UK we've had some lovely weather this week, a bit misty sometimes before the sun burns it off, but by afternoon it is really warm.  The flowers and plants are opening up and the bees are out and about.  This 'over the fence' shot shows some of the border colours, then over Robbie's veg plots waiting for some spade action, to the paddock at the far side where some of the boys are lying in the sun.  We moved them this week from the top paddocks to the bottom two paddocks so that they can enjoy the fresh grass.  We've had them in the catch pen, trimmed a few nails, snipped a fringe and had their halters on to give them a little 'walkie.'  We've also had a visit from a gentleman who writes articles for the local community newspaper, so we hope to see our fellas in the local 'Boy's Own' soon!
Much to the delight of some of the boys the sunny weather meant that it was time to get one of the water trays out.  As soon as it was on the ground and almost before we could get water into it, Fyta had got down to cool off his (remaining) bits!  He loves this and Fergus also loves the water - here he is waiting for Fyta to clear off.
Yeeeeeeesssssss!  Fergus gets his turn.  He likes to stand in the tray and flick the water backwards and upwards between his legs.  He stands there whilst I flick the water for him too.  Faro has a different approach - he likes to stand in the tray then bend down, get his top knot dripping then stretches out his neck so that I can flick water under his chin.  Spoiled?  My boys? - Never!
Fyta stands in the increasingly muddy water with Faro watching the photographer, Fergus behind and Rufus in the background.
And finally..........Gaucho tries the new grass with Wee Eck further away and Fidget at the bottom of the paddock, keeping an eye on sheep in the adjoining field.

4 comments:

  1. Glad that somebody else also likes to indulge them with water park activities at the first glimpse of sunshine!

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  2. Excellent to see the paddling pools out !....already....my lot just like to paddle in the troughs.....I haven't filled the pool up yet...I was wondering just how long this sunny spell will last.....you can guarantee the minute I fill the pool up....it will rain for the next fortnight !!.....The garden looks lovely !!..Jayne

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  3. those mixings trays are ideal - I'm glad you suggested it to me last year, as they take so little filling up.

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  4. Great photos, the tray is obviously popular and lots of fun. I can see a trip to B&Q will have to be fitted into the weekend plans

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