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 June 2019

Phew - it's been hot!

We have had a couple of scorching days this week but thankfully not as hot as some places in UK.  The boys won't be sheared for another 2 weeks so they have to try to keep cool.  This is Fyta (left) and Fergus keeping cool, lying in the long grass specifically left uncut for them - and the bees and insects. We've also had lots of thundery downpours this week so it has not been wall to wall sunshine!
Fyta's favourite pastime in the heat is to be in the water tray, this time being watched over by his pal Faro.
A kiss for the human from Fyta as more cold water gets poured into the water tray. The water hoze has been in action too this week, sometimes at 8.00am after another balmy night.
Fergus carries a heavy fleece and spends a lot of time in the sandpit or in the field shelter if the sun is blazing down.  All three boys tend to just lie down in the heat and move around as little as possible.
The heat does not put the boys off their daily feed.  Fergus (left) and Faro run towards the feeding area, leaving Fyta sleeping nearby in the sun!
After repeated calling, Fyta wakes up and gets the food message.  Here he is running to catch up with the other two boys.
We have had hares in the paddocks for some weeks and this is very unusual.  We see plenty of rabbits around but hares are rarely seen, so we take plenty of interest in them.  We've seen one leveret in the long grass so there are probably others around. We think this is Mrs Hare who ran out of the paddock as the mower passed and decided on some shade in the garden.   you may have to magnify this shot to see her more clearly.
And finally...........the strong sunshine has brought out these Irises planted in pots in a wall.  Lovely colours, aren't they?

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