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, 7 May 2011

Doing our bit for tourism!

The Highlands plays host each year to thousands of foreign tourists and each year we have a few coming to visit the boys.  I had a phone call yesterday from an Inverness taxi firm asking if it would be possible to bring some Chinese tourists out from Inverness as they wanted to see alpacas.  No problems!  Here are our guests getting an inspection from Faro, the herd guard.  He ended up being more interested in the polythene bag than the people!
Our guests loved the look of the boys' faces and were obviously pleased at being able to be in close contact with them.  The lady was a little nervous of them however.
Plenty of photos were taken so we hope that they enjoy them when they get back home.    They have visited our blog and will email some photos in due course.  After having a look at the spinning wheel and various garments and fleece, they continued with their touring holiday.  Hope you enjoyed your visit to Scotland - haste ye back! 
Sister and brother in law, Sheila and Jim, also paid a visit but from just along the coast at Nairn.  Sheila had just been feeding a carrot to Fergus and Gaucho who were now looking for more.  We've also had several friends visiting the boys during the recent spell of lovely weather so they have been on their best behaviour and using their water trays to maximum effect!
But showing off to an audience can be pretty tiring work in the heat, so Fidget decides to cool off and have a roll in the sand.

1 comment:

  1. Alpaca owners never tire of showing their animals or talking about them do they?