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, 15 January 2011

Colourful hats and wellies come to visit!

Today was the first day this week that all the snow has melted and most of the sheet ice has gone.  The boys have spent the week sliding around the paddocks, an alarming sight when four legs go in different directions at once!  Quite dangerous for humans to walk on too and I note from other blogs that some of you have experienced similar conditions.  The ground is still frozen solid but at least the grass can be nibbled.   Due to the conditions we didn't get to clipping Fergus's nails - next week for sure.  Fergus is in the front of this picture with Wee Eck (L) behind and Gully (R) behind and Rufus and the other boys at the back.  They've been out in the squally conditions all day so they are pretty damp!
We had a visit today from old friends Dorothy and Barry, daughter Emma and just 4 of the grandchildren.  Snazzy wellies and hats were on display and essential against the cold whilst plenty of 'happy snaps' were taken with the boys.
Gaucho, Rufus and Gully have never seen such a gathering of Peruvian hats and ponchos!
Emma Louise (L) is wearing a Fergus curly-wurly scarf but still seems to be feeling the chill.  Fergus, Gully and Rufus are looking for more apple slices which they've just been fed by the visitors.
And finally........Grandad Barry with (L) Hannah, Lily, Emma Louise and Lucy with Grandma Dorothy on the extreme left, recording a memorable visit to see the 'pacas.


  1. We have gone from skidding on ice to skidding on mud here...think I prefered the former, at least the alpacas looked clean!

  2. Looks like a great day ...had by all.....thankfully my ice has nearly all gone...and its a case of back to mud !.....Jayne

  3. I really liked the last photo where the grandkids and grampa are standing alone the fence with all their pretty boots and hats!! So cute. I'm sure the boys thought they were as funny looking as the kids them!! ...debbie