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, 30 October 2016

Sentries, Belted Galloways and a pumpkin!

Making a very good job of his duties as gate guard and sentry is Fyta, although he is never as alert as his pal Faro who really is the herd sentry!
Here is Faro on the left with Fergus, but whilst he may be having a rest from his sentry duties, he is still alert and checking to see what the human is doing.  Meanwhile Fergus struggles to keep his eyes open!
More lovely, autumnal weather this week, a joy for alpacas and grumpy gardeners alike!  This is looking north across the paddocks with Ben Wyvis topped with cloud, in the background.
Another day, early morning looking north again but with Fidget looking for a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow!

Midweek we travelled to nearby Dingwall, joined up with Wendy from Woodleigh Lodge alpacas and visited the alpacas at the Glenwyvis distillery site at Scroggie Farm. Although it was a very windy day and the skies looked threatening it did not rain and we were able to say "Hello" to owner John's three boys. These boys featured in an article in the summer 2016 (issue 66) of the BAS alpaca magazine.
Apart from his alpacas John also keeps Valais Blacknose Swiss sheep and belted Galloway cattle and this calf has been weaned and enjoys being with the 'pacas.  His mother is only yards away on the other side of the fence to the left and kept a wary eye on the human activity.  All lovely animals and enjoying having panoramic views over Ross-shire.
And finally..............'Cupcake' the cat does not look overly impressed by the grumpy gardener's efforts at lantern making for halloween!

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  2. Sorry posted too fast...on phone! Lovely photos! The pumpkin is impressive as well. Boys looking great in the Autumn sunshine!
    Judi x

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