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, 1 June 2014

Dust, mud and rabbits.

Weather wise, we've had a better week with a couple of days being really hot.  The water trays were in regular use by the boys who get soaked underneath then run to the field shelter to roll in the dust.  Here are Rufus on the left with Wee Eck whose face is covered in dust.
Gaucho also had a rolling session and this is him having a breather afterwards!
All summer long now Fidget will have his 'welly look' which he gets from lying in the water tray with his front legs tucked under him.  He then goes to the nearest rolling spot to get the mud applied and the 'wellies' are the result!
A bit of an atmospheric shot taken first thing in the morning looking up the slope with Faro on the skyline. 
And here's one to get the Grumpy Gardener even grumpier.  The rabbits are everywhere this year and it's a constant battle to keep them out of the veg garden.  This one, which Fyta is smelling had been digging a big hole in the paddock and started carrying mouthfuls of grass to line the inside.  This is obviously mum getting ready to give birth.  The rabbit was completely at ease with the boys and at one stage 3 of them were smelling it all at once whilst the rabbit carried on digging!  The gardener put an end to that, filled in the hole whilst the rabbit was off collecting grass and put a concrete block over it!
The hose was reeled out during one very hot day to give the boys a spray of their under-carriages.  Here's the gardener getting a slightly reluctant Gully to join in the fun.
And finally.....the House Martins are busy nest building.  This one is building with it's mate under the eaves above the bedroom window whilst another couple are building under the eaves above the cathedral windows.  Lovely to watch but there are piles of unused mud dropped under each site so not the best place to sit and have morning coffee in the sun - unless you want to be mud bombed!

1 comment:

  1. We have rabbits galore too - even Pixie, our Shi-Tzu, caught one, and was very pleased with herself - nice pic' of Faro on the skyline.

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