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, 30 September 2018

Windy weather

There's a certain amount of confusion amongst the boys in this picture, caused by the very windy weather we've been having. The photo doesn't convey this but the sun is shining brightly and the wind is blowing at near gale force.
When it gets very windy during daylight the boys tend to 'go to ground' in this spot which is lower then the surrounding paddock and the wind normally coming from the left of the picture (from the west), blows over their heads. Clever boys!
I've often mentioned that Fidget normally keeps himself slightly apart from the other three boys and this photo taken earlier in the week shows this quite dramatically.  Fidget is on the left of the picture, sunbathing at the side of the shelter whilst the other three are on the right of the picture, some distance away!
Looking uphill at the boys who are looking downhill at the human, watching what he is doing!  From the left Fyta, Faro, and Fergus and Fidget who are both lying down.
Time for a walk to another paddock to try some grass there, as well as a favourite rolling spot. Fidget will follow at his leisure............!
And here he comes, better late than never!  He mostly follows the other three but there are times when he strides out across the paddocks and the others follow him for a change.
And finally...................this is our neighbour's lovely Labradoodle, called 'Lexie' who is staying with us for a few days.  She and the boys all know each other well but that doesn't stop the boys from being wary when Lexie, or any other dog or cat for that matter, is around.  Incidentally, we were delighted to have our 'Reader's Story' about our wee herd printed in the current edition of the Alpaca magazine, on behalf of the British Alpaca Society (BAS) of which I am a member.  There is also a very interesting article about friends Carole and John's Auld Mill Alpaca business near Elgin, further along the Moray Firth coast from us here - well worth a read.   

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