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, 16 July 2017

Dust bowl time again.

We've enjoyed reasonable weather this week so it was time to change the boys from one field shelter to another.  Here they are, wondering what the human is going to get up to when a dog starts to bark - instant attention, except Fergus who sees something else of interest.
Now they all want to know what Fergus is looking at, forget the distant dog, this looks more interesting............
No problems, it's only Cupcake who has decided to get up on top of one of the field shelters to see what is happening here.  I magnified this shot and counted 18 sparrows in tree behind Cupcake!
So the other shelter has been closed off to stop them going into it and they will use this one to bed down in for the next month or so.  Cupcake is still on top, looking down as the boys start rolling about and creating plenty of dust.
The ritual of the boys rolling in their new shelter always happens, it's as if they are meeting an old friend.  The far away shelter is now closed off, the middle one (with Cupcake on top!) is left open and the nearest one is where they bed down and where their hay buckets are available to them.
Faro - I think we should have called him 'Dusty' after a rolling session.  They do enjoy getting covered in dust and muck, these boys.
And finally............with the good weather the Grumpy Gardener has managed to cut most of the paddocks leaving large squares of longer grass for wildlife use - and for Fidget to lie in!

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