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, 11 September 2016

A windy old week!

A head shot of Faro to start with.  Not normally one to enjoy having his photo taken, he was OK this time.
Fergus - no problems with posing for photos.  If he could write he would willingly sign autographs too!
Although it's been sunny most days it has also been very windy for most of the week.  Flying leaves are always an attraction for the boys who eat them.  We got rid of all our Rhododendrons years ago because we were scared that wind borne leaves could poison the boys.
A favourite at present are the raspberry leaves being blown off the nearby canes and Fyta left and Fidget enjoy chasing and eating them. This has been the monthly Verm-X granule treatment this week so the boys are keen to get a taste of anything else!
However, if Fidget thinks that Fyta has picked up and eaten a leaf which is rightfully Fidget's then he will resort to sticking his neck out and making grunting, camel noises at Fyta.  You'll notice that Fyta is well used to Fidget's bad manners and turns his head in case a spit is coming in his direction!
The boys like to lie down when it gets very windy, and like this, face away from the prevailing wind.  Fidget is in front.
And finally...............the Grumpy Gardener has been hard at it this week moving raspberry canes from a rabbit-prone area of the land into the rabbit-proofed garden.  This shot from the house looking down on the garden shows that it is slowly filling out and we can't believe the difference after land drainage from a year ago when this area was a complete bog.  Note the lonely House Martin at the top of the photo, one of the last few remaining before flying south to the sun.

1 comment:

  1. Shirley, you have captured those boys looking very characterful!

    The evidence of all the Grumpy Gardeners work is clear, it's looking great!