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, 25 March 2012

Good weather bonus

Another week of marvellous weather with some of the afternoons feeling like mid-summer.  It's all a bit concerning when you consider that we are still in March and only just getting into Spring.  The boys are enjoying it, a bit of early sunbathing and rolling in the sand-pits is just up their street!  These first 3 shots were taken as the sun was going down at the end of another lovely day.  Fergus is curious as always, as he thinks the camera might be worth eating!
Faro (front) with Fyta behind and the other boys enjoy the setting sun before sleeping out under starry skies.
The grass is getting quite bare in this paddock but the boys start nibbling all around the fence line to try to get more.
Taken this morning as another lovely day dawns and the boys settle down to haylage breakfast.  As always, Faro is alert and keeps a watchful eye on the photographer to 'protect' his herd.  The rest of the guys are more interested in breakfast!  There is a particularly colourful Flowering Currant bush in the mixed hedge behind the boys.
After breakfast Wee Eck follows Faro into the adjoining paddock.  Eck is starting to show small patches of grey hair in his coat just as his father Gotit had.  His black fleece also has ginger/red outer guard hairs and the tips of his ears are ginger.
Gaucho-boy
And finally - here is the Flowering Currant, looking and smelling beautiful.

3 comments:

  1. Isn't it great to see them sunbathing in March...such a treat!

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  2. Yep, we're having the lovely weather over here too although, this morning is very foggy! The boys look very well. It'll be interesting to see whether Wee Eck loses the ginger after shearing as it might be the sun!

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  3. I can imagine the boy are loving the warm weather. They all look quite content!! Love your current hedge!! How pretty!! bet it smell wonderful. With the long warm seasons you might have twice the wool this year!! ...debbie

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