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, 13 August 2017

More visitors - and Fyta's eye

The weather has been pretty good this week and Fergus took advantage of the sunshine to relax in the sandpit.
We welcomed at the beginning of the week another contingent of relatives from Norfolk who met the boys just as it started to rain.   Carrots were on offer and as usual Fergus was not shy in coming forward for some.  Hope you enjoyed your holidays folks - same time next year then?
Just before our visitors left we fed the boys and noticed that Fyta had blood around his right eye.  It didn't put him or the others off their feed - just as well as this week they are getting their Verm-X granules  mixed with their supplement. We put Fyta and Fergus in the pen and washed Fyta's eye carefully.  There was a lot of clotted blood to remove but the cut on his upper eye lid was clean so we decided to keep a check on it.
Faro and Fergus commiserate with their pal Fyta regarding his eye injury.  We don't know how he sustained the cut but probably by pushing his nose through the Ryelock fencing.  There is no barbed wire in use here.
Next day Fyta's eye was clean and has remained that way for the remainder of the week - thankfully, but we keep checking it to make sure.
Another lovely day and the boys hit the sand pit again - well, three of them do, whilst Faro keeps grazing.  The massive bulk of the Ben Wyvis plateau can be seen in the background, topped by mist.
And finally..................the Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is on display in all it's glory at present.  Yesterday, Robbie met two French tourists holidaying here and introduced them to the boys.  Unfortunately he did not have his camera with him but the couple enjoyed meeting alpacas for the first time.  Hope you are enjoying your holiday in Scotland and the Highlands in particular - haste ye back!

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