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, 7 August 2016

A summer's morning

There's nothing quite like a summer's morning for the boys with the sun in the sky, the temperature just right and damp grass to lie on!  This is around 8.00am, a lovely morning and Fergus just can't get his head off the green pillow.
Faro knows that the first thing the human does in the morning is to open a gate so that he and his pals can get onto the rough paddocks, so he is always first in line.  Unfortunately his pals take a little convincing about moving from a comfortable position.
Eventually they all come through the gate but by the look of Fergus in the front, they are probably sleep walking!  Fyta (behind) dunked his feet in the water tray after this shot was taken.  Note the size of the Gunnera plant behind Faro, nearly 6 feet of growth this year so far.
Fidget also looks as if he has been dragged from his bed and stands blinking in the strong sunlight.
They stroll to the furthest paddock and lie down on the rolling spot - all except Faro of course.  Fyta is in front, Fergus in the middle (and dozing already!) and Fidget looks in the opposite direction which he often does!
Earlier in the week we visited Karen and Dave of the Tomich Farm Shop in nearby Beauly and loaded up with freshly baled hay straight off the field.  We put 28 in the trailer and two in the car so that should do the boys for the winter. There is nothing quite like the lovely smell of fresh hay - or the mess which it leaves in the back of the car!
And finally.............it's the time of year for vibrant colours.  These lilies were enjoying the early morning sunshine - just like the boys.

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