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, 6 August 2017

The guard

Faro on guard!  He likes to make sure that his pals are quite safe if a human is around.  Normally in the open paddock he is not bothered but if the boys are in a field shelter then he gets protective and tries to get between the human and the boys!
Fergus (front) and Fidget in the shelter, trying to wake up.   We're not sure if it's just our boys but they are really slow to get going first thing in the morning.
There has been plenty of rain this week, heavy at times so the boys have spent quite a bit of time in the shelters.  Fergus has been rubbing his nose on the wet ground again!
Fyta, nearest camera loves the shelter at this time of year because after the shearing he can feel if any flies are on him, and he doesn't like that and goes inside.  Heavy rain drives all of them in at the moment since their coats have been sheared off.
In our wee orchard the apples are growing well - these are Bramleys.  Plenty of rain this summer as well as lots of warm weather have given us good crops of soft fruit.  My blackcurrant jam is particularly nice this year - according to the grumpy gardener!
I love the colour of these 'Discovery' apples although it does remind me that the best of the summer has passed and autumn is on it's way.
And finally.................the Belladrum Tartan Heart music festival took place over the weekend about a mile from here with over 15000 welly-wearing people attending.  Thursday was mixed weather, Friday and it rained most of the day but yesterday the sun shone all day.  Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders were one of the headline acts this year and when the music finished just after 1100pm yesterday, the customary fireworks display started.  The last fireworks to light up the sky are always two hearts - clever eh?

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