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, 17 December 2017

It's still wintery here.

Yet another set of snowy photographs, I had thought that by now the snow would have melted, but no such luck.  Still, it makes for some interesting snaps including this one of Faro - just keeping an eye on the photographer as always!
Whilst the snow has persisted we've continued giving the boys their daily sugar beet which they really enjoy.  Fidget loves to make a mess of his chin when he's 'slurping' from his bowl!
Fyta is finishing off his bowlful but Fergus (as always) has finished first and fancies getting some of Fyta's rations.  He didn't succeed!
Fergus surveying a snowy scene from the comfort of the field shelter.  This winter we have noticed that Fergus is preferring to stay under cover rather than wander around the paddocks in the snow.  At 11 years old he has probably seen all the snow he wants to!
We've often said that the boys get bored when the grass is covered by snow and they will not scrape the ground as sheep or deer do to get at grass.  As the Grumpy Gardener has no garden to look after at this time of the year, he always 'volunteers' to scrape some grass for the boys.
It really is funny to watch the boys follow in a line as more grass is uncovered from under the snow. Faro is in front, followed by Fergus, Fyta then Fidget.
And finally..................crop circles used to be in fashion a few years ago - now it's snow circles to keep the 'pacas happy!

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