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 May 2016

Snow 'n Scroggie

I was a bit optimistic with last week's blog featuring the water trays and lovely sunshine.  Back to reality with a bump on Monday as Fergus and the boys discovered when the snow showers started - again!
Fidget won't let a shower of snow put him off his grub. Here he is getting to grips with his afternoon bowl of supplement.
Tuesday morning was a much duller day with more snow threatening.  This was taken first thing in the morning and the boys realise that the green stuff will be scarce whilst the white stuff is around.  From the left, Fidget, Fyta, Faro and Fergus.
By mid morning heavier snow showers started, so where were the boys?
No point in getting soaked and covered in snow when there are shelters available and plenty of hay to chew!  By the end of the day all the snow had disappeared and the boys were back grazing. The rest of the week has been showery with a cold wind.  Two House Martins appeared about a week ago, looked under the house eaves where last year's nest still is, then disappeared. Maybe they knew that snow was on it's way.
Yesterday we went to nearby Dingwall to see John MacKenzie who owns Scroggie Farm overlooking the town.  As you see from his sign he is a keen alpaca fan with three boys of his own together with assorted sheep breeds and Belted Galloway cattle.
And finally............two of John's boys, the third is just out of sight.  In case you can't read the sign on the barn wall it is Glen Wyvis (www.glenwyvis.com) the name which has been given to John's on-going project to re-establish a distillery in this area.  Apart from his work as a helicopter pilot and farmer, John generates all his electricity from his own hydro, also from wind and solar power - and even runs an electric car. He's a knowledgeable and experienced advocate of green energy for the farming and local community.  If you are interested, have a look at www.flyingfarmer.co  for more information.  Have a good week.

1 comment:

  1. Wow...snow! Lucky those boys can watch from the shelter of their cabin although, looking at the other photos, they don't seem to mind being out in it either! Hope you soon see sunshine!

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