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.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Water Boys

On Saturday it was a lovely day with sunshine so we put one of our water trays out in the paddock. These are builder's cement mixing trays, about 2 inches deep and aprox £15 each from B & Q. We usually store these for the winter but Fidget had been putting his hooves in the water buckets, so we thought it was time to get the trays out again for them to use.  The 4 older boys (Fidget, Fyta, Faro and Fergus) all enjoy using these trays to get their bellies wet but Gaucho and Gully are still wary of using them.  The boys also like to be splashed from the trays. This is Fyta about to show the other boys who are just out of camera range, how to use it to keep cool.
Firstly, knees bend in the praying position!
Pay attention Faro - next drop the bum and 'bits' into the water!
See - easey, peasey!

Okay Fyta, I get the picture - now let me try!


  1. FANTASTIC !!!......love the photos........has nobody told him....its still winter.....or is it a hot tub !!!!.....Jayne

  2. What a hoot! Amazing that they would like to sit in such a little bit of water. I didn't know Fyta had a black bottom! How cute! It's nice to see all your snow has melted. We still have some and to get more tonight...ugh...debbie

  3. What a lovely set of pics, and he even posed for you at the start - so little water to keep him happy - we spent loads on a sheeps footbath, and of course it takes ages to fill!

  4. Thanks for your message of sympathy about the Maire, Shirley. The boys must think it's spring - great pics! You must be mighty fed up of the snow and frost now - it has been a tough winter in the UK. Hope all is well with you both, Joyce.