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, 24 July 2016

A good week for ducks!

Fyta looks a lot happier in this sultry weather now that he has been sheared. He's spent a lot of time in the water trays this week - it's his favourite pastime!
Like most of UK, Tuesday was a scorcher here and the boys were looking for a hose-down first thing in the morning.  After that they retired to the sand pit area.  This photo indicates how hot it was with Faro lying down, he is not a sunbather normally but the heat was getting to him.
All four boys got into the sand pit as the day wore on but clouds started to appear which took the edge off the heat.
Later in the day and the boys are still flat out - especially Faro and Fergus.  The clouds were really beginning to gather and by the early hours of Wednesday morning we were into a prolonged session of thunder and lightening with heavy rain. We could see the boys in the shelter by the light of the lightening flashes, all lying down so we knew they were taking it in their stride.
Wednesday morning and the thunder was still booming around the area and we had one particularly heavy downpour.  This photo was taken at the back of the house and the rain is so heavy it is bouncing off the car-park.
The weather has settled down again now and the boys are taking it easy - especially Fergus who likes to 'chill' on the rolling spot.
Faro and Fidget in the rough paddock.  Faro is alert as always with Fidget enjoying a lie down amongst the buttercups.
And finally..............regular blog readers will be beside themselves wondering how Grumpy's gardening efforts have worked out this summer.........(!).  After a slow start in the veg plots things are beginning to take on a burst of growth, thanks no doubt to the frequent rain showers and the occasional sunny periods.  The boys are near the sand pit, top left of photo.

1 comment:

  1. Yours Alpacas looks so beautiful. When raining my Alpacas like be outside.