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, 28 June 2015

Shearing time.

Saturday was scheduled for shearing but Friday continued in the wet theme we have been experiencing here for weeks, so the four boys had to be penned to keep them as dry as possible. Fyta (front) and Fidget wait their turn for a short back and sides!
For a short period on Saturday the rain stopped and the sun came out and James and Noah give Faro the beauty treatment! Faro looks as if he is smiling but it is really a grimace, although he and his pals have all been through this procedure many times before.
Whilst James oils his blades Fyta suffers the indignity of Noah pulling back his lips and checking his teeth.
Fergus gets a clap and told he is a "Good boy" have been penned all night and just having had his lovely top knot trimmed.
James and Noah visited 9 'paca owners in Inverness and Ross Shires yesterday and by the early evening it was the turn of our old pals Gaucho, Gully, Wee Eck and Rufus to get sheared.  Here they all are awaiting the trim at Alison & Brendan's croft. Our thanks once again to James and Noah - Team Bravoshear did an excellent job, despite the 'ify' weather.
And finally..............this Celmisia Spectablis is thriving in the damp and occasionally sunny conditions.  A heat wave is promised for the coming week - that will make a nice change!

4 comments:

  1. All we all getting this heatwave Shirley...hope those southern folk don't hog it!

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  2. You can be satisfied that the boys are ready for the heat wave, and it sounds like it is going to woosh all the way up to you, have a good week!

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  3. Glad everyone has taken off their winter gear...it just seems to get hotter and hotter here and looks like you're having the same weather!

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  4. Glad everyone has taken off their winter gear...it just seems to get hotter and hotter here and looks like you're having the same weather!

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