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, 30 August 2015

Enjoying the summer.

We're having better weather now that it's late summer, the harvest appears to be underway in most places but when visitors arrive, it's sure to rain!  You can't keep this 'paca away from his carrots!  Fergus knows that visitors mean carrots.
We had a midweek visit from friends Alison and Brendan who left their alpaca boys up in Easter Ross for the day and came down to visit our gang. We took the opportunity of penning the boys so that we could trim the back nails of Fergus and Fidget, the first time they have been done since shearing at the end of June.  
Here they all are, having just heard the suggestion, "Let's pen the boys and do some nails!"  Faro on the left is not bothered as his nails are OK, Fyta looks slightly concerned, but the white boys Fidget and Fergus know that this means them!  You can see in the background the grumpy gardener's new veg plots taking shape.  The right hand one has been completely dug over and rotovated with the 'Mantis' now and the turf is being stripped from the second. 
It's a hard life having to be penned - time to chill out now.  Fyta wallows in the water tray whilst Fergus waits his turn.  There obviously had been an argument before the photo was taken as Fergus has his droopy bottom lip, 'spitting gob' on!
The scene today in the rough paddock, in warm sunshine but under threatening skies as the boys take it easy after their feed.  Fyta (right) is just getting down on the rolling spot.
He is soon joined by Fergus and the pair of them lie like this, facing the sun with their eyes mostly closed for half and hour, just enjoying life.
And finally...........'Red Hot Pokers' (Kniphofia) although not the same variety as the type from early summer which have bright red points with yellow flowers underneath.

1 comment:

  1. Good to see that you are enjoying some good weather up North! Those veg plots are looking good...Grumpy Gardener has been busy!