OUR SMALL HERD

Our 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.

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Still enjoying the sun.

Another sunny day and the human has approached one of the field shelters pushing a barrow - that's enough activity to get any alpacas interested!  Faro leads his pals Fergus, Fyta and Fidget to see what is going on.
Faro can always be counted on to be first to check out any human or any activity going on in the paddocks.  He's a 'one-off' and has a totally different attitude to the other three boys.
Fergus (left) and Fyta with the strong morning sunshine getting in Fyta's eyes.  By now the boys suspect that they might just get into a closed off shelter for a roll in the dust as the human is working in there!
Here they are waiting outside the shelter, from the left Fidget, Fergus, Fyta and Faro.
Give these boys an inch and they'll take a mile!  All four get into the shelter and do what they love best - rolling in the dust.  Fidget and Faro are rolling with the other two about to start.  They really enjoy this activity.
For the earlier part of the week we had sharp overnight frosts but that meant clear, sunny days.  This long range shot is of the boys in the farthest away paddock enjoying the sun with the bulk of the snow capped Ben Wyvis in the distance.
And finally............ yesterday and today have produced gales for us and when this happens the boys tend to hit the ground in a hollow in a paddock and let the wind blow over their heads.  Clever 'pacas!

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