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 February 2016

Glorious days, freezing nights!

Three of the boys, Fergus (front) with Fyta and Fidget behind enjoying their haylage on a bright but frosty morning this week.
Fyta, all fleeced up for winter and not bothered by the sub-zero overnight temperatures.  He loves to sunbathe and has done so often this week in the warm sunshine.
Fidget is also well covered in fleece.  Always last in line to do anything or go anywhere he is often grumpy with the other boys, stretching out his neck and making camel noises at them!
I tried hard to get a reasonable photo of the icicles on Faro's chin and only partially succeeded.  They did look funny!
A view over the paddocks with the boys in front of the field shelters on a glorious, February day.
This has been the normal morning scene at the water trough this week - no water but plenty of ice!
And finally........the seed pods of last year's giant Himalayan Lily, now empty of seeds after scattering by the wind and eaten by birds.  Looks a bit like that plant, the Venus Fly-Trap doesn't it?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's some thick ice! We've been lucky this year and hardly had any frozen water buckets.

    Would love to see that Himalayan lily in flower, it looks quite splendid!

    Keep warm up there, it will soon be Summer again!

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