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, 13 March 2016

Fleecy boys meet little boys.

All fleeced up and looking bonnie - Fergus in the rough paddock, listening to a dog barking nearby.  Of our four boys, Fergus is the only one who makes the 'honking' alarm call noise if he thinks that dogs are getting too close.
Faro enjoying his feed, including Verm-X granules this week.  He's been eating really well lately which keeps us happy! Earlier in the week we had a visit from youngsters Ian and Cormack who visited the boys for the first time with their mum - unfortunately I didn't have the camera with me to record the visit but as usual all the boys were fascinated by the 'little humans' running around in their paddocks!  To see the little boys standing with their hands out to the 'pacas whilst the 'pacas look down on them with that intense stare, is really lovely.
Fidget getting stuck into his feed and granules.  The weather has been reasonable this week and mainly dry so the boys' fleece is dry - for a change.
Fyta always had black 'trousers' but we've noticed that the older he gets, the more the white/grey fleece is encroaching on the black fleece and the black fleece itself has increasing amounts of grey in it.  The Grumpy Gardener says he knows all about encroaching grey hairs............
The four boys today nibbling at very short grass.  Fidget, in the background as usual was trimming up the rolling pit before getting in for a roll.
A worm's eye view of Fergus wearing his thick winter fleece - with plenty of guard hairs showing on his neck!
And finally.............. I know blog readers are all bursting to know how Grumpy's veg plots are coming along (!), so here's the present state of play.  This year's plantings will be potatoes, parsnips and carrots in the furthest away plot (1), brassicas and swedes in the next plot (2), peas and beans in the next plot (3) and onions and leeks in the nearest plot (4) then each year the veg moves plot in rotation. The only planting so far is 4 rows of onions (today) in plot 4 but the soil is still too cold for any more veg to go in.  The boys can be seen in the rough paddock in the distance.

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