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, 25 September 2016

An apple, a visitor and a Pike.

"What are you doing in my paddock?" seems to be the question that Faro wants to ask here.  The other three boys are completely unconcerned when they hear the sound of an engine but Faro needs to check it out!
He's spotted the tractor mower arriving so thinks it's time to accompany it around the paddock!  The growth of the grass has slowed considerably now but we have to do additional cuts of their toileting areas - all that nitrogen makes the grass grow rapidly there!
We had a visit from Betty, one of our neighbours earlier in the week so the boys got to enjoy an apple straight off a nearby tree whilst she was here.
Three of the four apple crunchers - Fergus (left), Fyta and Faro.  Fidget was nearby.  The boys love fruit(apples, berries) as well as their veg(carrots, swedes) so they are getting their 'five a day' at present!   Plenty of windswept top knots this week too.
This is a normal Fidget trick - whilst three of the boys lie down with their faces into the stiff breeze today, Fidget faces in the opposite direction.  He's lacking in social skills that boy!
On Friday, a neighbour's cat, 'Pike' (a Dad's Army fan!) spent most of the day in this position, perched above the rabbit hole waiting for a bunny to emerge. We don't know how long he stayed there on Friday but on Saturday morning he was waiting once again - until the heavy rain started that is!
And finally.............the lovely apples which the boys were sampling earlier in the week.  This is variety 'Katy' - and they taste delicious!

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