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, 14 January 2018

Sparkling days and frosty nights.

Mid afternoon and the boys start gathering in one paddock and look out for the humans coming down the track with the feed bowls!  From the left, Faro, Fergus and Fyta.
The fourth member of the group, Fidget, gets in the picture.  The only time that Fidget ever runs is when he sees the human with the bowls - he knows that it's feeding time!  It's been Verm-X granule time again this week, mixed daily into their feed.
And here he is, looking pretty scruffy (as always) but certainly nice and warm in his fleecy coat.
This shot was taken on Thursday morning about 8.30 when the hard overnight frost was still covering everything - including Fidget.  It was minus 5 degrees on several nights this week but it didn't seem to bother the boys.
Whilst Fidget lies outside in the frost, the other boys are tucking into their hay buckets in the shelter.  They are eating a lot of hay and haylage at the moment, probably because the grass is either frozen completely or very cold to eat.
Morning after morning this week the water troughs have been frozen solid.  The ice is knocked out, fresh water poured in, then a couple of hours later it is frozen again!  Winter weather makes more work for sure.
And finally...................things are stirring in the veg garden, despite the frozen soil.  The Grumpy Gardener has decided that we should buy a Keder greenhouse - we had one with our last house and found it very useful.  A level site is required so a certain amount of digging and leveling is required to get it prepared.  The top 3 inches of soil is frozen solid but underneath that the soil is loose. It will not be erected until March so he'll do his level best to get the site organised before then...........!

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