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, 5 August 2018

Cooler weather - thank goodness!

We've been blessed with cooler weather this week, it makes a change to have cloud cover after the heat of the past weeks.  The temperature has been lovely without the blazing sun to contend with.  The boys enjoyed the cooler weather and are not using their water trays so often.
Last week we noted that the vet had given Fidget a thorough examination after we reported that he had lost weight.  The vet arranged for poo samples to be tested for worms and the analysis came back several days later as showing a low worm count.  Fidget is behaving just as normal but we continue to keep a close eye on him.
From the left, Fyta, Fergus and Fidget grazing in the paddock adjoining the garden with the boys' communal toileting area in the foreground.  The Grumpy Gardener occasionally cuts turf to cover the 'burnt' areas as the grass will not grow in this area.
We're being a bit more careful with our hay feeding during these summer months in case there is a winter shortage caused by the weather.  This is Fergus enjoying hay as always.
Faro also likes his hay in the evening.  The paddock grass has returned to a greener colour from the yellowish look it had for a couple of weeks - amazing the difference a couple of showers of rain can make.
We spent most of yesterday shelling peas and broad beans to store in the freezer.  These were the first two of 4 buckets filled with peas with more to come later this week.  The contents of the pea pods from the right bucket can be seen in the middle container.  Peas and beans are really good value for the gardener.
We have several sunflowers planted out around the garden but this is the first one to fully show it's sunny face.  It's standing over 7 feet tall and attracts plenty of bees.
And finally.............I was sent this lovely glasses case as a birthday present by my niece, Judy.  It really is lovely and makes a terrific present.

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