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, 14 April 2019

Water trays and visitors.

We had to get out one of the water trays this week for the first time since last Autumn as the current good weather was causing the boys to start standing in their water troughs to cool themselves.  This is Fergus in the sandpit, soaking wet down his front having been in the tray.
There is nothing fancy about these trays - they are builder's cement mixing trays, but the boys love going in them when they get hot.  Fyta starts his preparations to lie down in the water, watched over by his pal, Faro.
"Ah, that's better!" you can almost hear Fyta say as the water hits the spot!  Faro is behind him and Fergus is in the sandpit at the top of the picture. The normal procedure is that after several minutes in the tray, Fyta will run over to the sand pit for a roll - just like Fergus has done!
Another day, another paddock and this time the photo is taken looking south along Glen Convinth and showing some of the paddocks, the veg garden and Keder greenhouse with our house, top left.  The boys attention is drawn to our neighbour's dog which is nearby so they all check her out to make sure she is not a threat............she's not!
Fergus is always keen to have his photograph taken and will stand still for some time staring into the camera.  Fyta is looking on.
At the beginning of the week, on a bitterly cold day, young Dexter brought his mum Sarah-Anne, dad David, and big sister Sadie to meet the boys.  After a wee bit of hesitation Dexter soon had Fergus eating carrots out of his hand whilst Sadie coaxed Faro to try some.  It was lovely meeting you folks, thank you for coming and glad you enjoyed it.
And finally...............I couldn't finish without putting up another photo of Fyta, looking cool and contented in the water tray!

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