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, 18 February 2018

Just when we thought that Spring had arrived...........!

Winter didn't lose it's grip again earlier in the week when snow returned to this part of the world.  The boys were just getting used to eating their grass again when the white stuff returned.  Faro, Fergus and Fyta are enjoying their haylage breakfast here.
All the boys love their haylage, the long moist strands obviously taste very different from the dry hay.  This is Fyta.
Fidget - well fleeced up against the winter weather and not bothered by it at all, as long as there is plenty to eat!
At least during some of these days we get clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine to brighten things up, before the temperature plummets overnight.  Some mornings it has been impossible to drive away from the house because of very icy road conditions.  We can't count on the snowplough always getting here these days due to financial cutbacks, so we have to wait until later in the morning when the sun lifts the temperature.
Told you - Fidget is always a happy boy if there is plenty of haylage around and he will happily lie or stand in the snow munching away until all the feed has been eaten.
A new bag of sugar beet was opened this week, just when we thought we would not need any more this winter.  Fyta in the foreground likes to tip his bowl of beet onto the ground to eat it.
A friendly human has scrapped some of the snow off some of the paddock to let the boys get back on grass.  Fergus (left) and Faro.
And finally..................good news!  This was the scene today as most of the snow has now gone and the boys enjoyed a sunny day on the grass.

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