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, 15 January 2012

Lily pays a visit!

As we were going to have a visit yesterday from old friends Dorothy and Barry and one of their grandchildren, Lily, we thought the boys would at least try to spruce themselves up a bit.  Instead there was a mass rolling session in the mud.  The result, as worn by Gully here made him less then cuddly!
Grandad Barry supervises whilst Lily feeds Fyta and Fergus.  Lily was keen to meet the alpacas again having met them last year for the first time.
Wee Eck gets the bowl to himself.
Wee Eck (L), Gully (M) and Fergus get some tit-bits.
Fidget (L), Gaucho (M) and Rufus wait their turn for a bowl.  Gaucho has his trademark piece of grass or moss in the corner of his mouth - he's never without it and reminds us of an old sailor chewing his tobacco!
All the boys enjoying their haylage earlier yesterday morning.  The last few days have been bright and sunny, but quite cold and the nights have been very frosty - conditions which the boys like.
And finally........'Hunkey-Dunkey' looking good in his new feathers watching over his three hens.  The old Rowan tree in the background is beginning to look a bit sad and will probably get a trim up soon to encourage new growth. The two chicken runs stand on the site of a very old croft house and the Rowan tree was always planted nearby to keep the witches at bay - a tradition which is still maintained today.

2 comments:

  1. The boys are looking splendid!! Amazing you can see the ground this time of year right?! It helps with the feed doesn't it if they can graze? Mr. HunkeyDunkey is a beautiful guy!! I'm going to google Rowan Tree. Never heard of it before, but I love the tradition!! ...debbie

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  2. Hi Debbie, The 'Rowan' is a Mountain Ash - part of the Sorbus family. Although some of the varieties have white berries, our Rowans have red berries. Yep, no snow at present so the boys can see the grass - unfortunately it's frozen stiff! Hope your blog problems are solved - we are also having problems leaving comments using the PC, but we're using the Mac for this and it appears to be OK. Take care. Shirley & Robbie

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