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, 1 March 2020

First day of Spring!

Another week of wintery weather with some snow in the mix.  Fergus has just finished his bowl of sugar beet.
Fyta looks suitably wet and muddy as he too enjoys his beet. The sun has shown on different days however and this has dried the boys' fleece.

There is never much beet left in Faro's bowl - he likes to get every little bit out just in case the others try to steal it!
A peaceful scene!  We find that when there is snow on the ground the boys will not go and forage for grass as sheep do, these guys just wait around to be fed by the humans!
This photo was taken late this morning and it just shows how quickly the snow has melted from the paddocks - and the boys are very pleased!
And finally............ the one (only!) good thing about the snow is that we get to see a great number of animal foot prints around our land when we have overnight snow.  We are used to the deer tracks and lots of rabbit tracks and this week we had a visiting fox leaving his prints but these were from last night and are badger tracks.  Look at the imprints of the claws! I wonder what the alpacas make of all this nocturnal activity near their paddocks?

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