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, 29 January 2017

Carrots and parsnips

Nothing the boys like better on a frosty morning than a good nibble on some carrots.  Faro is always first in line with Fyta behind, followed by Fergus and way at the back - Fidget!
Fergus: "Ah c'mon mum, please can I have another carrot?!"
Faro, left, and Fyta picking the carrots off the frosty ground. It's always warm in the sunshine but very chilly in the shade.
Having demolished the carrot supplies the boys are getting ready to head back into the sunnier part of the paddock.
Some of the afternoons during the week have been really warm - sunbathing weather for Fyta in the sandpit with Fidget close to him.  Fergus and Faro are in the adjoining paddock.  Beaufort Castle is right in the middle of the picture, surrounded by trees.
Great interest being shown in the activities of the grumpy gardener today, just in case it's a swede he's digging up.
And finally................. not a swede, but some parsnips being dug up.  They are good this season having had plenty of frost on them.  Gardener - take a bow!

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