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, 26 November 2017

Thats another fine mess...................

The earlier part of the week saw heavy and continuous rain so the boys got a proper soaking so we decided to change their field shelter before the really bad weather sets in.  We use two shelters in rotation and the unused one has hurdles in front to stop entry.   When the boys see the humans about to remove the gates they make a dash inside to start rolling in the dust!  It happens every time.
The dust flies and the boys get plastered in it, rolling over and over.  It's a if they are pleased to be home!
Thats another fine mess that Faro's got himself in - you wouldn't want him jumping on your bed in that state!
After all the fun and games the boys come out into the fresh air for a breather.  In the middle, Fergus gives meaning to the saying, " If a beans a bean, what a pea (pee!) - a relief!"
The temperature dropped considerably from mid week onwards and this was the result on Friday morning.  The snow wasn't deep but it was lying on top of ice which is never good.  The boys have got hay buckets in their shelter, they've had one handful of haylage but would quite like another.
Ah, bless!  The patchy snow is still around as I type this but the main hazard once again is ice making walking on roads and pavements quite dangerous.
And finally.................on Friday morning conditions in the ice were treacherous and caught out our neighbour Dave as he attempted to drive up the track.  Thankfully no injuries and only scratches to his car.  Fortunately he is very mechanically experienced and with the use of his hand winches, he and the Grumpy Gardener got the car back on track soon afterwards.  The boys in their nearby paddock enjoyed watching the humans sweat a bit!

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