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, 18 June 2017

Big beasts!

Here's the latest implement  to help the ageing Grumpy Gardener keep the sloping paddocks in trim.  It's a Grillo, with 'forward' and 'reverse' gears as well as some other features which keep the buttercups under control.
In a nearby paddock the boys are not bothered by the machine noise or by the sweating human at the controls!  Fergus and Fidget are in the sand pit whilst Faro and Fyta are lying nearby.
All finished, time to clean the machine and put it back in the garage for another day.  The boys have not moved from the adjoining paddock!
It doesn't take them long though to come to the freshly cut paddock just to try it out - and they look quite satisfied by the results.   These lovely Irises are all out in flower at present.
We always try to keep some uncut grass within the paddocks, not only because some of the wild flowers look lovely but Fidget loves to lie in longer grass!
And finally................another big beast of a machine which we use to keep the grass in check but with a smaller beastie (Cupcake) in the driving seat!

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