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.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Rainy day routine

We're catching the heavy rain which many of you have had in the south.  Yesterday's TV weather forecast showed that Barnacre Alpacas (www.barnacre-alpacas.co.uk) in Northumberland were going to get a soaking (and they did!) before sending the downpours north into Scotland.  Thanks for that Debbie!  Here are Gaucho (front) and Faro looking out of the steading into the pouring rain.  It hasn't been like this all week though and we've had some good, warm  days.   We managed to get 48 square bales of hay during a good day from Karen and Dave who have 3 alpaca boys and who farm and run a farm shop at nearby Beauly (www.robertsonstomichfarmshop.co.uk)
Wee Eck(L), Fergus(M) and Rufus(R) looking out of one of the shelters into the rain and wondering whether it is  worth getting wet - again!  As always the hay buckets have been emptied and kicked/carried around the shelter.
Wee Eck does his dental flossing smile whilst Gully peeps around the door, with Fyta behind and Fidge in the background.  The boys are looking a bit sleepy this morning probably due to the fact that last night was the final one of the nearby Belladrum tartan heart music festival so 12 hours of throbbing music and a fireworks display around midnight would have interrupted their snoozing.  The festival has been a great success again with the 16000 tickets being sold out months ago, the weather has been pretty good - until last night when the rain arrived and the wellies proved their worth!  Eat yer hairt oot, Glastonbury! 
You have to get wet at some point and Faro leads the machos out of the comfort of their bed & breakfast accommodation into the rain.
Gaucho gets out in the rain for his breakfast.


  1. They look rather bedraggled all wet and with no fur!! Your grass looks so green! We were supposed to get 2 inches of rain yesterday, but so far have only had one shower lasting about 30 minutes. ...debbie

  2. Pretty much the same here...even wetter today than yesterday...grim and doing nothing for the alpaca hair dos

  3. Its been very wet here too ! .....what has happened to the summer !.......any idea ?...Jayne

  4. You must be due for a dry autumn to balance all that rain - fingers crossed!