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, 24 June 2018

A change of shelter

Every couple of months we move the boys to a different overnight field shelter and this was the week that the latest change took place.  Here they are, waiting outside the shelter waiting for the human to get the inside organised.
As soon as the gates are removed, the boys go in and explore, usually rolling about for a while before settling down.
The moving-in routine is interrupted by the arrival of our neighbour's cat, 'Pike' on the hunt as always for rabbits! Faro is in front looking macho with Fyta and Fergus still in the shelter.  The hay buckets weren't in the shelter at this stage but the boys had managed to tip them up and spill the hay. 
Here they are, looking as if butter wouldn't melt..........!  Fidget is lying down at the back with Fyta in front of him, Fergus is in the doorway and Faro is at the front.
Some days were hot this week and the boys like to go in the sandpit then.  This is a long range shot of them all in the sandpit at once!
On Friday we had a visit from three lady tourists who had been staying locally and who had seen the boys from the nearby road.  This photo is for you ladies - hope you enjoyed your holiday in the Highlands.
And finally.................. the Cardiocrinum Giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily) is growing strongly again this season.  It is now nearly seven feet tall, it can grow to nine feet,  and we've had to secure it to the fence during recent high winds.  The growth of this plant is quite amazing considering that during the winter none of the plant shows above ground level.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that once again we'll have the 'trumpet' flowers on top later.

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