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, 9 August 2015

Pesky flies!

Apart from an odd sunny morning during the past week the rest of the days have been dull, windy and sometimes quite wet.  Still very little hay being cut locally so that tells it's own story.  The paddock grass is growing thickly this year, probably because of the amount of rain we've had.  The boys are enjoying rolling as can be seen by Fidget's normally white fleece.
Fyta is not keen on flies and usually spends long periods in a field shelter if weather conditions are attracting them.  The grumpy gardener has been doing a bit of ditch clearance with his trusty spade this week, as can be seen on the other side of the fence in this picture.
We penned the boys this week at one stage as the flies were making their lives a misery.  We gave them all a spray but especially at the back of one of Faro's legs where there is a small bald patch which the flies had started to gather around.  The boys are not keen on having their legs sprayed so we have to pen them first before they see the hand spray otherwise they scatter and penning them takes ages. 
Fergus in front.  He seems to have been rolling on the same spot as Fidget.  Fyta is standing behind him.
The four boys in the rough paddock.  We topped a couple of paddocks this week with the tractor mower because the grass is so thick.
And finally.............through the Lilys and the Ox Eye Daisies you might be able to see the boys in a distant paddock - with a bit of magnification!

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