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, 23 April 2017

Visit to Seafield Alpacas

Earlier in the week we travelled north to Portmahomack, Easter Ross to visit Alison and Brendan and their boys. This lovely photo is of Merlin (left) and Flynn who are good pals within the herd.
The boys are all well fleeced up and need it at present as the temperature has dropped considerably lately.  Milo the dog is well known to the boys.
Here they all are, from the left at the front Chocolate, Flynn and Merlin with Gully (left, rear) and Echo. Plenty of land and grass is available to the boys and we were treated to a terrific 'pronking' display whilst we were there.
Alison's hat is cause for much interest from Merlin, especially the bobble on the top!  Gully and Echo are at the rear.
Chocolate is a lovely looking boy with plenty of fleece and very long eye lashes!  The boys' field shelter is in the distance although they only use it on rare occasions.  It was a lovely visit to see the boys (and the chickens, ducks and dogs!) and great to see you both again, Alison and Brendan.
Meanwhile, back home on the ranch our four boys continue to be well.  Fidget and Fergus are lying down with Fyta and Faro standing - and something on the nearby road has got their attention.
And finally.............the long time blog readers amongst you will know that each summer we are amazed by the growth of the Gunnera plant.  The Grumpy Gardener uncovered the two plants this week as they are waking from their Winter slumbers and beginning to grow.  These are the crowns of the plant which have been protected against the elements during the winter - we'll post another photo when they start growing big.

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