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, 17 October 2010

Pampered boys

This week we had niece Judy and daughter Amy visiting from Cornwall.  This is Amy feeding Wee Eck his apple slices with Fidget behind.  Amy is wearing a knitted headband secured at the back with a handmade birch button.  I hand spun and knitted the garment from Fergus's fleece.
This is Judy also feeding apples to the boys with Fyta (L), Eck in the middle and Faro (R).  Judy is wearing a curly wurly scarf which I hand spun and knitted from Fergus's fleece.
Judy and Amy also made some jewellery using felted alpaca fleece and marino wool linked with wooden beads.   Amy is wearing the necklace which she made.
The boys like a bit of personal attention from time to time and here are Fidget (L) and Fergus  licking the bowls at the end of supplement feeding time and looking for more.
And finally.....at the end of a busy week of posing, being hand-fed and generally pampered, the boys get stuck into their  daily bowls of supplement yesterday.  With 8 boys having a bowl each it's a good job we don't have 20 boys or we would run out of bowls!  They have had their Verm-X granules added to their feed all week and next week we will get dung samples prepared for testing at the Vet lab.  We had a short visit from Lorna and Sandy of Ardo Alpacas yesterday as they were in this area and they dropped off a camelid drench for the boys.  With more visitors due to arrive from Norfolk at the end of next week, the boys are looking forward to even more personal service! 


  1. Your knitwear is lovely Shirley...I have a few hundred kilos of yarn if you are up for it!

  2. Your headband is great!!! Cute too! and made from the boys which makes it extra special! It's cute how they're little knees get all muddy from laying down!! lol What are Camelid drench?? Soap bath for the boys?? ...debbie

  3. Hi Barbara, Love to help but I've already got a loft full of the stuff!

    Hi Debbie, This is a vitamin drench which we'll give to the boys shortly as a boost in readiness for Winter.

  4. Looks like its all go...at the moment..the boys are looking lovely after all the pampering !!....Jayne