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, 4 January 2015

Another week, another year!

Happy New Year everyone!  Is it just me or do the years really pass quicker the older one gets? The boys don't seem to bother about the passage of time - as long as their feed is there on time each day, there is plenty of hay in the buckets and the water is regularly changed then they are happy chappies.  Whilst the rest of the herd tucks in, Faro comes to check out what the photographer is up to.
Nothing better than seeing all the animals getting stuck into their feed.
Taken today in bright sunshine but a bitterly cold wind this is Gully asking if there are any more carrots. Fidget (rear, left) is chewing his carrot and Fergus is looking on.
Wee Eck just likes to show off and prove that he can get a lump of carrot into his mouth at the same time as he is chewing a lump of grass!
Over the past couple of weeks the Grumpy Gardener has been laying manure on all the veg plots and covering them with black polythene as he intends only using a couple in 2015 - running two gardens is a lot of work so priorities now exist........anyone want to buy a house this year by the way?!  This photo was taken when the overnight frost was still heavy on the ground.
And the second festive period job was to re-stack the compost bays.  The furthest away on the left and covered with polythene is the oldest, the contents of the right bay were shovelled into the middle bay and that is now covered in polythene.  The empty bay is now not so empty after several barrow-loads from the daily 'bean-run!'
And finally....................the last jigsaw of the festive period (honest!)  Colourful but a bit tricky ensuring cross eyes sorting out the shades of blue and purple.

1 comment:

  1. You have made me reminisce Shirley, back to the days when I made time to do jigsaws and relax (must be 10 years ago). My resolution for new Christmas...to make some me time!