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, 23 September 2018

Line out

Early evening and the sun is beginning to sink - already!  The human appears and the boys know that it is hay time, so they line up led by Faro, then Fyta, Fergus and Fidget bringing up the rear as always.
Always one to have a bit of fun, Fyta looks like he is starting a conga here - "You put your left leg in........"Actually, he's having a good scratch!
At the hay store Fergus is never shy to let you know that he is ready for his hay.  Given half a chance he would get into the store with the bales I think!
A handful of hay keeps the boys occupied whilst the hay buckets are replenished in the shelter for overnight consumption.
We continue to keep a close eye on Fidget's condition.  He is still eating and drinking well and behaving quite normally although he still takes some time to go to the toilet. The white boys, Fidget and Fergus need to have their nails trimmed soon, that will be about 3 months after the shearer trimmed them.  The other two boys have theirs trimmed annually.
A silhouette of Faro on the left with Fyta as they watch the sun go down and more rain clouds come rolling in.  It's been a pretty windy and wet week.
And finally..................there are still a few colourful Gladioli in the garden - but not many, with most flowers dying back for the winter. The House Martins and Swallows have all flown off on their migration now and we can see and hear skeins of geese, high in the sky and flying south.  There was a dusting of snow on Cairngorm further south at Aviemore on Thursday this week - brrrr!  Still plenty of tourists around and we had a lovely couple from Lincolnshire visiting the boys this morning - hope you've enjoyed your stay in the Highlands, have a safe journey south later folks.

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