Our original 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 5 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.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Blooming buttercups!

Blooming buttercups - they drive us mad.  Anyone got a simple, cost effective answer to them which does not involve spraying?  We've put lime on the soil to no avail and we dead-head them as often as possible but still they spread.  During one of the sunnier, but cold days this week we got the mower out to do battle with the weed.  
The boys are wary of the mower, but not too concerned.  They do group together though, probably a protective move for the herd.
Fyta in the background, Rufus in the middle and Wee Eck in the foreground enjoying the grass and an occasional buttercup!
Fergus in the background watching the mower and Faro in front keeping an eye as always on activities affecting the herd.
Fidget (Left), Gaucho, Gully and Wee Eck keep the mower in view.
Almost finished and the boys join in the fun and run in front of the mower.
And finally..........a bunch of colourful Geraniums enjoy some occasional sunshine.  Hope you have not been too badly affected by the heavy rains in some parts of UK.


  1. Everyone seems to have lots of Buttercups this year...apart from getting a pony or two...no new here!

  2. Never mind the Buttercups...more like Water Lillies here ...nothing like summer, I wonder when its going to arrive !.....the boys are keeping an eye on the mower !..Jayne

  3. We have the same problem (I think worse) and the same reticence to spray. Curent blog in progress is about the blooming things.. but it wont contain any secret solution !