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, 21 January 2018

And still more snow!

A lovely picture of Faro in the Tuesday afternoon sunshine waiting for his feed and no doubt contemplating another very cold night.
Conditions were not so sparkling earlier on Tuesday morning - this was taken just after 8.00am before the sun was properly up with the boys obviously wondering where the green grass had gone - again!
And within minutes the first of many snow showers had started so the boys quickly started to chew on their haylage.
Like all of the boys, Fidget went around for most of the day with snow on his back until the afternoon sun melted it.
As normal when we get heavy snow, the Grumpy Shoveller does his best to create a few pathways to help the boys, and the humans to get around the paddocks.
On Thursday it was obvious that the snow would not melt any time soon, so once again grass was bared so that the boys could have a nibble.  Days of hay and haylage make the boys very keen to smell and taste grass again.
A long range shot of all four boys lying down in their shelter looking out on very snowy paddocks.  These scenes attracted the attention of at least two different amateur photographers from the nearby road.  Click on the photo to magnify.
And finally...................even Boris the Bear looks disgruntled in the snow which is still with us as I type this.  The overnight temperatures have consistently been at minus five degrees and early yesterday evening they were at minus seven!  We are hoping that this will be the last photos of snow for a while on the blog.  Keep warm!

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