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, 26 June 2016

Neverendums!

Well, a momentous few days for the country this week but the boys don't seem worried about any referendum outcomes - as long as the price of feed doesn't go up!  They are all fleeced up now with shearing hopefully taking place this coming Thursday.
We don't have a set 'feeding area' for the 4 boys, we call them to the side of a paddock and let them get into their bowls.  We are usually accompanied by a Sparrow or two and especially a 'Hoodie' Crow, all of them ready to pick up any bits of feed which the boys have spilled. From the left, Fergus, Fyta, Faro and Fidget.
Fergus (right) likes to hoover up his own feed then try and muscle into Fyta's bowl. Fyta usually kicks his bowl so that the feed is on the ground which is an invitation for big Fergus to help himself.  This can often result in plenty of heads in the air, camel noises and the occasional spitting!
The view looking down from the house with Fyta and Fergus in the field shelter watching Faro at the water trough.  Fidget , as usual is inside the shelter at the back.  Looking at the hill in the distance you may see the line of very high electricity pylons which is the controversial Beauly to Denny line taking power from the north and feeding it to the south of Scotland. Controversial because of the height of the pylons when the local population wanted the line to be buried.
The sun setting at exactly 1000pm on Thursday as the polling stations closed!  The boys are already in their shelter.
And finally........... Day Lilies (Hemerocallis) of which there are a number of varieties.

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