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, 16 April 2017

Chilly, but sunny week.

A week of sunny periods along with very cold winds - and a dusting of snow has returned to the mountain tops but at least we've been able to work in the garden.  A strange noise gets the boys looking around them........
........and here is the source of the noise.  Not heard or seen since the end of last summer, it's time to get the big mower out once again.  Once the boys know where the noise is coming from, they carry on grazing.
Fyta and Fergus keep an eye on the progress of the grass cutting whilst Fidget and Faro carry on chewing the grass.
A nice picture from later in the day, once the boys had been fed they settled down for a nap.  Looks like Fyta in the middle has already nodded off!
As always, Fidget keeps himself slightly apart from the other herd members.  He likes his own, personal space!
At the end of the week we had a lovely visit from friend Iain and his family having a couple of day's holiday in the north.  After a morning of mountain-biking they stopped off to see the boys having their carrots, then headed back to the Black Isle.  Nice to see you folks, hope you enjoyed your break - and the cold wind!
Neighbour's cat 'Pike'' has spent most of the week in one of the field shelters trying to catch a rabbit which has burrowed under the building.  He goes home for his meals then comes back to watch patiently over the rabbit hole.  The alpacas view him with a bit of suspicion however.
And finally.................. lots of colourful flowering currant bushes in the hedge, attracting bumble bees in the sunshine.  Have a very Happy Easter!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Just lying about.

Faro looks every inch the guard as he checks out the photographer.  His three pals are close by but Faro sometimes keeps himself a little distant.
And here he is, keeping an eye on his three pals who are lying about enjoying their haylage.  Faro does not eat lying down as the others do - but he does enjoy haylage!
Fergus (left), Fyta and Fidget - relaxed and enjoying the moment knowing that Faro is looking out for them.
Fidget - bless!
Faro and his three chums.  They have had a good week of weather, dry with a cold wind and they like that.
One of two old ploughs we have near the paddocks.  Time to get 'himself' to put another coat of metal paint on it for this season I think.
And finally..............a host of golden daffodils maybe?  Lovely colours anyway and great to see them in bloom.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Fleeced up boys.

Like all the boys, Fergus is well fleeced up now and will enjoy a lie down in the sun once he has finished his feed.
Fyta's fringe is now beginning to get a bit long.  It does have the advantage of keeping the sun out of his eyes and no doubt keeping flies at bay but it will start to obscure his vision a bit shortly.
Faro enjoying his feed with the other boys behind him.  It will be Verm-X time for them all next week again, the monthly dose soon comes around.
Fidget is well known for not wanting any of the other three boys to come into his 'personal space!'  If this happens, he sticks his neck out in the direction of the offender and makes plenty of camel noises.
Just like this!  None of the boys actually fight with each other but sometimes an argument will develop into a spitting match until one backs down.  Camels, eh?
A nice photo taken today of Fyta (left) and his pal Faro.  One will follow the other then Fergus and Fidget will bring up the rear.
And finally.............. these Primula are providing some lovely colour.  We have them dotted around in pots near the back door, and with the daffodils now in full bloom, there is a lot of colour around.