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, 30 October 2010

What's up, Doc?

Fergus giving the photographer the quizzical look so familiar of alpacas.   He has a brown mark on his right cheek which his mother 'Ardo Canna' also had and which distinguishes Fergus from Fidget, our white boys, when they've been sheared and we have difficulty telling the difference between them for a while! 
We've had more visitors staying with us this week, and this time from Norfolk.  The boys must be the most photographed herd anywhere!  Here they are looking at the strangers coming into their paddock and it's interesting that they group together as if for protection - with the exception of Fergus of course who prefers eating to guarding!  We've had a lot of visitors coming to see the boys, apart from friends and family we've had over 20 people who are interested in alpacas coming to see them during this summer alone.

This is Hannah taking a photo of an approaching Fergus with Wee Eck also getting in on the action.   Hannah panicked a bit after this as all the boys advanced towards her so she ran behind her father and granny who were standing nearby!  It will be interesting to see if Hannah's photo comes out OK.  The boys are always very curious about children, possibly not being able to understand who these 'wee people' are.

And finally........... someone needs a manicure after all the spinning, knitting and crotcheting!!  These are wrist warmers which I've crotcheted from Fidget's fleece.  These are quite easy to crotchet but I think I will extend them next time and make them into mittens.  


  1. Your wrist warmers are so pretty! They are almost lacy looking! The boys are looking quite good. I love their little "Bangs". Your boys must becoming quite poplar in your area!! I like Rufas. Pretty coloring...debbie

  2. Love the hand warmers....and the boys are looking fab....at this rate you'll have to start up a fan club !!!!.......Jayne