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, 10 November 2013

It's swede time again.

Brrr, it's been a cold week with lots of frosty mornings then rain and sleet.  Fortunately there have also been nice sunny days and this is Gully enjoying a bit of November afternoon rays!
There is a reasonable dusting of snow on the hills now, so with the colder weather the boys' hay is being supplemented in the mornings with haylage and the occasional swede.  The boys are aware that there may be goodies in the bowl I'm carrying, so come up to see what is on the menu.
It would have to be Fergus who is the first to sample the swede!  He prefers to nibble at it when it is held by a human - he can't seem to get at it if it is on the ground.
"Have you washed your hands before feeding me swede, Boss?" Fidget as always holds back until the last moment then his curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts it.
Rufus looks as if he is spitting in the air as a warning but in fact he is chewing an awkward piece of swede.
Faro keeps an eye on what is going on.  He enjoys his swede too.  Yesterday we had a visit from  a nice lady called Ann who is a member of the Highland Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers who wanted to have some fleece for spinning.  She left with fleece from 3 of the boys so that will keep the wheel spinning for a while.  Unfortunately we forgot the camera when we went to say, "Hello" to the boys but hope you enjoyed the visit Ann.
Wee Eck looks as if he is grubbing for worms!  In fact he has a piece of swede on the ground which he is wrestling with.
And finally..........on Remembrance Sunday these falling Acer leaves remind me of poppies.  Take care, have a nice week.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I'd have never thought of giving swede to the 'pacas! I might give it a try - some of them like apples but that is about it :) Lisa