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, 19 February 2017

A dusting down

We're still seeing plenty of overnight frosts which is good because a glorious day normally follows.  This was Tuesday morning and the boys had shunned their shelter overnight in favour of lying out under the stars on Monday night.  The frost on Faro's back tells the story!
Tuesday was a glorious day and as the sun rose Faro can be seen on the left in one paddock with Fergus and Fyta (bottom right) in another.  When Faro sees us from a distance he usually stands erect, lifts his tail and has his ears upright.  If we call his name, his ears go down.
Yesterday was 'shelter change' day for the boys when one shelter is closed down to be cleaned out and they bed down in another.  As always when they get into the new shelter they want to roll - Fyta on the right is just getting down for a roll.
It doesn't take Fidget long to settle down under the hay basket and start nibbling the long strands.
 Just as the other shelter is getting cleaned out, the boys want to have some fun and Fyta has another roll!
But Faro is the boy who can really create a dust storm in the shelter!  They all love rolling about in the dust  as we will discover at shearing time when the dusty fleece comes off.
And finally.............a few snowdrops are appearing around the garden but the crocuses are still struggling to bloom.

1 comment:

  1. Boys looking good! There really is nothing like a good roll if you're an alpaca...they don't worry about what the shearer will say!