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, 1 November 2015

Autumn colours.

Another week of very nice weather with only a small amount of rain.  Most days have been sunny and warm but when the sun sinks behind the hills about 4.00pm it gets very chilly. The boys enjoy being in the rough paddocks during the late afternoon as they can catch the last of the sun. From the left Fergus, Fyta, Faro and Fidget taken yesterday afternoon.
Faro seems to be a lot livelier at present, eating 2/3rds of his supplement every day and the 'beans' have firmed up considerably.
Autumn brings falling leaves and the wind carries them into the paddocks.   They are mainly Ash, Birch and Willow  and Fyta (left) and Fidget have set about 'hoovering' them up.  
This photo was taken early this morning when the boys saw a covey of 13 red legged partridges in the garden.  We usually see a couple of these partridges every year about this time walking around the paddocks (apparently they prefer to walk often instead of flying - unless disturbed!) but we've never seen 13 in one group before. They have been with us for about a week now often walking up the track in a long line.  The birds are  in the middle of the picture, next to the fence but even with magnification it may be difficult to see them.
After the partridges the boys set about harassing Cupcake the cat who can be seen 'legging' it out of their way!
Another lovely sunny afternoon today with Faro and Fyta doing the posing.  Lovely autumnal colours around the trees at present.
And finally..............adding a splash of colour in the garden is this Blueberry (Vaccinium) bush, protected by chicken wire to keep Roger the rabbit and his pals at bay!

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