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, 21 February 2016

Waiting for (any) signs of Spring!

Fergus (left) and Fyta making the most of the grass.  At this time of year the paddock grass has been nibbled pretty short and the new shoots are not quite growing yet in the cold earth.
Faro, as usual keeping a close eye on the photographer.  Still 'picky' with his feed supplement, most days he will eat some but some days he will ignore it completely and just graze the grass.
The four boys graze one of the paddocks in the rain.  There has been very little warming sunshine this week - perhaps next week will be better.
We mentioned once before how Fyta likes to tip the contents of his bowl on the grass and here he is doing it again.  The mixture of Camilibra, Fibregest and Charnwood mix has been tipped and now he is eating it.
It's been a cold and wet week overall with frequent sleet and snow showers.  This is Fidget showing off his wet 'blanket'.
And finally.............the daffodil shoots are now beginning to appear as well as some snowdrops and here the rhubarb is beginning to put in an appearance.  Time to put a bucket over it to force the growth I think.


  1. At last a 'settled' spell, down here at least - frosty, and the ground has dried a little. It has been mild enough for an abundance of daffs, and primroses too.

  2. Yep, we have lots of daffodils and primroses flowering here as well! What will the "new" Spring flowers be now?!

    Like Fyta, our JD prefers his rations from the ground; it's funny watching him skilfully overturn his dish...trouble is sometimes it lands on top of the food causing him some further repositioning!