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, 21 May 2017

Some rain for a change.

Four wet boys in the paddock, three grazing and Faro as usual, alert, watching everything that is going on around him.  We've had really great weather recently and the ground has been very dry but now we've had some heavy rain which was badly needed.
Fidget is a boy who often likes to be on his own.  Here he is one morning, chewing the cud and preferring to stare at the field shelter instead of being with his buddies in the next paddock.
Fyta had just had his feed and was having a lie down when this photo was taken.  He is an alpaca with a lovely nature.
Faro (top) and Fidget checking out what the photographer is up to.  This photo was also taken after their daily feed.
Fergus goes for the horizontal!  The boys are all well fleeced up now, especially the white boys and like to lie down when it gets warm.  The hose reel has been in operation a couple of times this week to give their 'under-carriages' a soaking, which they enjoy very much.
A long range shot of Faro in the paddock with our neighbour's Clematis 'Montana' climbing ever higher and spreading over the fir tree.
And finally..................this year's growth so far on the Cardiocrinum Giganteum - the Giant Himalayan Lily.  Over the last few years it has grown to nearly 8 feet in height each season and we've twice had 6 inch long Lily trumpets on top.  The flowers don't come every year - wonder if we'll get any later  this summer?

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