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, 8 September 2013

New hay and pulling faces!

A lovely crisp morning in the sunshine and the boys are still in their shelters.  Faro the guard is out first when the photographer appears, tail up and looking alert.  The other boys are just enjoying a lie-in !
The boys finished the last of the old hay a couple of weeks ago and are now onto this year's hay - and don't they just love it.  They like a handful in the morning and last thing at night as well as nibbling from their buckets occasionally during the day.  This is Fyta saying, "Ah, bliss" as he enjoys his hay!
Fidget enjoys his own company sometimes and loves to shove his head deep into the bucket, rummage around then pull out a mouthful!
I have a suspicion that these boys know what the camera is and like to spoil the shot by pulling a face.  Magnify this photo of Gaucho and you'll see what I mean.
Here's another one at it....... this is Gully pulling a face now!
And what to do after breakfast?  Have a nap in the sun like Gaucho (left) and Fyta do of course!
Thursday saw Robbie and I in nearby Dingwall giving a talk on alpacas to the Phoenix Club members. I'm the relieved-looking person front left, having done my speaking bit!    There were 27 members  present and it was a most enjoyable afternoon.  I was able to show samples of my spinning, knitting and felting and we had some really interesting questions from the audience.  Thank you once again Ann and members for making us so welcome - and of course for the cuppa and biscuits!
And finally...........we've had another visit from Mr (or Mrs) Brock, the badger.  Early one morning in the week Robbie surprised the badger in the garden.  Checking around we discovered how he had got in, then found that he'd also got into one of the chicken compounds during the night.  Here is the hole he dug getting under a disused hen house to get at a nest of bumble bees!  There were some pretty irate bumbles around when this photo was taken but it didn't seem to bother the Light Sussex chicken who enjoyed adding to the mess.

3 comments:

  1. Lovely sharp sunlight in your photos!

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  2. Isn't it lovely how much interaction your boys bring, be that visitors to you or you doing talks to other...fab!

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  3. Poor bumbles ! Great shots of your boys.

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