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, 19 January 2020

Storm Brendan pays a visit!

The 'dynamic duo' - Faro (left) and Fyta, the best of pals and always together.  Where one goes, the other will be sure to follow.
The start of the week saw Storm Brendan raging over the north and north west of Scotland with very high winds and accompanied by horizontal rain at times.  When the wind blows hard, the boys 'go to ground' in a dip in the ground and sheltered by a nearby hedge.
Whilst Brendan was doing it's best to create problems for humans, we decided to give the boys some extra feed of sugar beet.
Fyta making a meal of his beet!  He usually tips the bowl over with his foot after a few minutes and eats from the ground.
When the wind and driving rain and sleet get too bad there is always the field shelter to which the boys can retreat.
Fergus forgets all about the bad weather and concentrates on eating his hay.  As the boys grow older we note that they spend more time in the shelter during bad weather - clever boys!
And finally................this photo of sunset was taken late this afternoon, looking towards the south west - perhaps we'll have a calmer day tomorrow.

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