Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Well Hello Boys!


My friends Mr and Mrs Bee have extended their menagerie, with a brace of alpaca,  meet the boys.

Mrs Bees boys 6-1

They are very fluffy

Mrs Bees boys-1 

quite chatty,

Mrs Bees boys 4-1

There is something disorientating when you first meet them, as though they should move like a sheep or a horse, but don’t; I can’t quite explain it.

Mrs Bees boys 5-1

Mr Bee has built them a smart new field shelter so they can shelter from the Derbyshire rain, although I don’t think it has rained since they arrived. The lack of rain is a bit of a worry  around here at the moment as the moors are at ‘high risk’ of fire


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “Well Hello Boys!

  1. They’re kind of cute, I have to say. A wee bit odd-looking (as if designed by committee) but still, cute.

    Hope you get some rain – and I mean that in a nice way. Fire is so destructive and yet nature recovers so much better than man.

  2. Welcome to the parched club. There’s a rain icon on my weather widget for Monday, but I’m not holding my breath. As I recall, only three types of animals move both legs on the same side of their body when they walk: camels, giraffes and cats. Alpacas are in the camelid family — maybe they walk that way too. Are m/m Bee keeping them as pets or for their wool? Alpaca wool is very soft. They’re cute rascals.

  3. Fascinating animals! There’s been hardly any rain here for the past two months. xx

  4. This brings back memories… I used to date a fine fellow who raised these cute little guys… I wonder if he is still in the business?!! : ) P.S. Thanks for the link to the “other stories”. That one little bridesmaid cracked me up… she didn’t want any part of it. Oh for joy what she will think when she watched in 30 years.

  5. Nice portraits – of nice guys 😉 – we have had the most dry April for years here too – and many fires these days 😦 …..

  6. I’m not surprised about the high risk of fire on the moors. We have a pile of dead branches and cuttings over the back of our fence, which we have been adding to for years. It looks extremely dry, and if it ‘went up’ it would make a ferocious blaze. Then there would be the wrong sort of smoke on the tracks.

  7. Just don’t put ’em in a field next to a bridle path, or you’ll get complains from horse riders. A lot of horses are absolutely terrified of llamas and alpacas, more even than the ones that don’t like pigs.

  8. Alpacas and llamas are wonderfully soft, and a lot of fun to watch, too. You’ve really captured their particular charm. I hope the dandy shelter is needed very soon. A drought is a terrible thing.

  9. Beautiful creatures. I never realized they had such curly wool on their cheeks.
    Sorry to read about your need for rain. (We have had our share of wet days here recently). Have you considered doing a rain dance?

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