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, 8 January 2011

Swede time again.

Gaucho (left) and Gully, two pals who arrived here during summer 09 waiting with the other boys this afternoon, for their bit of daily swede.  These two lovely boys who are not yet 4 yrs old,  still like to play together and do a bit of neck wrestling.
Also waiting to use a bit of turnip floss is Rufus.  We've still got a wee bit of snow here and the temperature isn't getting much above freezing today.
Rufus with Wee Eck, a suitable case for James Dixon's dental skills at shearing time this year!  Eck continues to be the bandit of the herd, smallest in size but afraid of none of the others, especially Rufus the biggest boy with whom he often has arguments.  Eck loves to muscle into the other boys' food bowls, and if he is told off, he sulks!  He growls and moans like blazes though when one of the others tries to pinch his food!
This is what the've been waiting for - a bit of (frozen) swede to gnaw.  They love it, and it keeps their teeth lovely and clean.  From the left, this is Fyta, Faro and Rufus.
And finally.........the long shot, looking west to a snowy Strath Glass.  All the boys have their heads down, chewing their swedes.  Fidget (front, right) looks like he's been enjoying a roll in the muck - as usual!  The boys will have their Verm-X granules during the coming week and if the weather permits, we'll do a bit of nail clipping and halter work (I can hear them groaning already!!)


  1. The boys are so cute! and I can't forget handsome! I guess with their thick warm fur they stay warm during those mostly freezing days! I really like the last photo where you can see the snowy mountains way in the distance! ...debbie

  2. Lovely photos...of the boys smiling !! They look really happy eating their swede !!......Jayne