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, 12 October 2014

A mild Autumn so far.

As mentioned in last week's blog, the boys were ready for a bit of fresh grass so we let them into an adjoining paddock on Monday.  The first couple of days on new grass usually means that they are not too bothered about eating their daily supplement but here they are making an effort to clean out their bowls!  Faro is standing in front of the gate and he in particular is difficult to convince about eating his supplement for a couple of days after a change of grass.  
Nothing quite like polishing up the teeth after a meal is there?  "Hey Fergus, stop chewing the strainer!"
"Who - me, boss?"
Fyta (left) and Fidget enjoying their hay. Fidget in particular likes to knock over the hay bucket then sit in front of it picking out individual pieces of hay to chew.  It's a hard life!
The PRV (Poop Recovery Vehicle) has arrived and the boys gather around in awe at the Grumpy Gardener's skill at keeping their paddocks clean - but think that he should get a life and a new hobby!
The barking of a neighbour's dogs gets the full attention of the herd.  Fyta is in front, then Fergus, Faro and Rufus at the gate.
And finally................there is still a little bit of colour in the garden, some of it coming from this Clematis Tangutika.  When the yellow flowers are gone they are replaced by the lovely feathery heads. The weather remains mild here and the leaves are now all changing colour.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post, made me chuckle! We too have almost the same model of up-market "pop recovery vehicle although ours is the one below yours as it has a bucket instead of a barrow!

    The tangutika is looking lovely; we had one at our last house and your phoo has reminded me...I want another for here!