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, 27 September 2015

Ditching mud

It looks like Fidget is being got at by a 'hoodie' - but in fact he is having his neck rubbed here and is quite happy.  We put the boys in the catch pen so that Faro could have his regular drench then we clipped a few nails and checked them over.
Fergus (left) and Fyta in the pen.  Fergus was spitting at the other boys so he has what we describe as a 'gob on' here!  He has a small triangle of fawn coloured fleece on his right cheek - just like his mum.
The drainage was all finished last weekend and this shows it snaking away into the far side of our land.  There is still a bit of raking and turfing to be done by the Grumpy Gardener and so by next Spring it should look quite good, especially once some new fencing is erected. Any spoil lying around is still wet and muddy - and black in colour.  The boys in their adjoining paddock take an interest in what the photographer is doing.
Time for the boys to go into the rough paddock first thing in the morning but they see and hear a neighbour's dog some distance away, so that makes them stop, look and listen!
Across some newly laid stones as part of the ditching project.  The stones are smooth and rounded and the boys find them easy to walk on.
Until parts of the land dry out and the grass grows again there are black, muddy areas in this paddock.  This suits the boys perfectly and they soon be rolling in it and making an even bigger mess! 
And finally..............taken this afternoon, siesta time for the four chums in the rough paddock with the sun shining.

1 comment:

  1. Looks as though you have a lot of mud...hopefully the sunshine will dry it out although that may make it even more of a temptation to the boys to go and roll!
    It's always surprising how quickly these scars are soon hidden away beneath a great sward of grass.

    Hope the drench is helping Faro stay on form!