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 May 2014

One fine day

Yesterday (Saturday) was the best day of the week.  Whilst most of the other days had been overcast, rainy and cold, yesterday was a delight so we took the opportunity to move the boys to fresh grass.  This is Wee Eck waiting for the gate to open and showing off his latest head adornment.
Down at the other end of the paddock on his own was Gaucho, staring intently at the cows in the adjoining field ( I think he quite fancies his chances with one of the ladies with the long fluttery eyelashes!)
The boys go charging into the paddock - and fresh grass.
It's not long before Fidget decides to 'dunk his bits' in the water tray!  The sun was beginning to climb in the sky and the temperature was soaring.
Rufus is next into the tray, stretching out his neck and getting the underside of his chin well and truly soaked.  He was clearly enjoying himself as he swung his head and neck back and forth.
Last in is Wee Eck and by this time the water in the tray is beginning to look a bit murky so has to be changed.  It was a really lovely day and the Grumpy Gardener had his shorts on for the first time this summer so the sight of the off-white legs scattered the boys and stampeded the cattle in the nearby field!
And finally........... a Rowan (Mountain Ash) in full flower.  We haven't seen so many flowers on this tree or on nearby apple trees for many years.  Perhaps it was due to the past mild winter.  Have a nice week.

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