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 June 2018

Another day, another route march!

We've often mentioned that the boys take their time in getting organised for a new day.  Fidget more than the others likes to wait until the last minute before he gets going.
The morning procedure remains the same, the gate is opened between the overnight paddocks and the other paddocks and the boys line up waiting for the order from Faro in the front, to advance! Fidget is 'at ease' in the background!
Fyta (left) and Fergus look a bit fed up waiting around for Faro to get going at the front of the file - but they do eventually move.
'The leader of the pack' - Faro gets himself organised to give the order to move.  If you magnify the picture you will see that he has a clover leaf sticking out of his mouth - funny!
Fyta sees some fresh grass over the fence in a part of the paddocks they are not allowed to enter.  Whilst having a chat with Fyta, his pal Faro gets jealous and decides to come and find out what is happening.
The Grumpy Gardener had the Grillo mower out this week.  He says that it's a beast of a machine but does the job on the sloping paddocks, with forward and reverse gears to drive it.  We try and keep some of the paddock uncut as the boys like a bit of long grass.  Fyta and Fergus are in the distance.
Here's what the uncut strips look like in the near paddock and the further away one.  On the next cut, this strip will be cut and a new strip left uncut.
And finally................adding a lovely splash of colour are these Irises with the Gunnera now beginning to spread it's leaves in the background.

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