OUR SMALL HERD

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.

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

A normal week and a mystery flower.

Faro coming to meet the human who has entered the paddock (with carrots!) Fyta is behind and Fergus behind him.
The boys have enjoyed reasonable daytime weather this week but on 3 consecutive mornings we have had to scrape frost from the car windscreen.  Winter is a-coming!
The Grumpy Gardener has made a start on the annual mammoth hedge cutting project now that most of the wasps have gone.  Faro and Fyta are curious as to why he is taking this photo from the top of an orchard ladder.
Fergus continues to do his own 'thing' around the place, going at his speed and certainly not running about as Faro and Fyta do from time to time.
Fergus again, taken this afternoon at feed time.  Today is the start of a week-long doze of Verm-X granules in their feed - Faro is not impressed!  It is interesting that Fergus inherited the brown mark on his right cheek from his mother who had an identical one.
The three boys, taken on a damp and drizzly day today, after their feed.  The weather forecast for the days ahead is for more rain - oh dear!
And finally.............this bright yellow flower appeared this week and the hand written name tag in the ground nearby says it is a Salicifolium (Yellow Ox Eye). We are not totally convinced as we think it could be one of the Inula family.  None of the photos we've seen of either flower identifies it positively.  Perhaps we'll ask the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for an opinion.

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