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, 26 May 2019

We need the rain - I think!

You can tell by Fergus's appearance the type of weather we've been having over the past few days - rain and more rain! No problems for Fergus though as he likes to be a bit muddy!
It's more difficult to see the mud on Faro because of his colour, but he is just as dirty - and he loves it too!
Faro and Fyta on a very wet morning.  The boys are at their most sleepy first thing in the morning and stand around seemingly waiting to waken up.
Two more sleepy boys, Fergus (left) and Fyta deciding whether they would have some hay for breakfast - they declined the offer!
It hasn't all been about the rain however and the boys are on the rough paddock here, enjoying fresh grass - and a few wild flowers.
Thought you'd like to see the result of the Grumpy Gardener's efforts in the veg garden so far.  The plots from right to left are onions and parsnips, then peas and beans then potatoes.  There are also some greens as well as a strawberry plot behind the Keder greenhouse.  The boys are in the far paddock. The rain has been welcome for the crops, unlike the attention of nocturnal deer jumping over the fence to get at the fruit tree leaves.  Grumpy is a fair description of the gardener who has had to spend considerable time increasing the height of the fences to keep the deer off this week.
And finally................you may just need to enlarge this photo looking down on the top of the fast growing giant Himalayan Lily of the wee Ladybird inside.

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