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.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Uh oh - snow!

As soon as I appear in the paddock with the camera, Wee Eck appears as if by magic!  He loves to pose for  photos and usually ends up licking the lens.  He's got the biggest ears in the herd and he likes to show off his dental arrangements when he can.  His father Gotit, also has protruding teeth and he looks, and acts, a lot like him.  There are two very black eyes under the fringe somewhere but you have to get up close to him to see them!

The first snows of the winter appeared on the Beinn this week and this together with the lovely autumnal colours makes for a good shot.  We moved the boys into the bottom paddocks this week so Rufus takes an opportunity to pose in front of a different backdrop.  Rufus continues to settle into the herd, eating apples as if they were going out of fashion, and he does not hum as much now.  He is 'pushy' with his food though and once he finishes his bowl of supplement he tries to muscle into other bowls - unless the owner is Fidget who takes no prisoners when it comes to his food!

Looking north this time. Behind Gaucho is snow covered Ben Wyvis, a Munro at 3432 feet, but you may have to magnify this to see it.

The boys grazing in the early morning sun.  Looking west in this photo.  After taking this photo the boys were penned and we did some vitamin/ mineral drenching and nail clipping.
And finally........I felted this small bag this week from Gotit's fleece (Ardo Alpacas) and I needle felted the red Merino wool flower onto it.  The centre of the flower is fleece from Gotit and Fyta.  I've added some sparkling beads onto the flower.  The handle is adjustable and the fastener is a felted ball.


  1. Lovely photos, the boys are looking grand...very nice felted bag....the colours are very vibrant.......snow on the hills, I have muddy fields....winter is definitely here.......Jayne

  2. Love your bag!! So cute! The pink flower sets it off rather nicely!! I bet you hate the thoughts of all that snow coming soon. We are still having 70-80 degree weather here. Hoping it will get into the 60's soon. Wee Ech really does have long ears! I noticed them when I opened your post! Bet he has good hearing! lol...debbie