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, 8 January 2012

Red eyes and jigsaws!

It's nice to be greeted at the gate each morning at haylage time by a friendly face!   This is Fergus and the following shots show him and his pals about 8.30 am today and still in the dark.  Apart from the wet and dishevelled look most of them also have a touch of the red eye from the camera flash - scary!
Fyta with Fergus behind and Rufus at the rear.
Gaucho, not his best pose, but loving his haylage!
 Gully looking really scary (but also enjoying his haylage!)
Mud, glorious mud - a sight most UK bloggers are used to this winter.  This is the view from the steading door, but it is repeated throughout the paddocks.  I can't recall seeing the ground so wet and muddy during our 16 years at Tigh Mhor. We moved the boys from the top paddocks to the lower ones to give them bigger shelters and slightly drier conditions.  The coming week is due to be drier so that should give the boys - and the muddy paddocks - some respite and a chance to dry out.
And now for something completely different..........we usually work away at a couple of jigsaws during the Christmas break - anything for a bit of relief from the re-cycled TV programmes!  This one was a bit of a challenge, 1000 pieces with all the curly edges and cut outs, but a lovely picture.
Much more fun at only 500 pieces was this 'back to front' jigsaw - wasgij - where there is no image on the box lid to work from only a picture of lots of people staring at the scene which you have to make.  As you can see, the scene which was revealed was of a lot of workmen doing their version of 'the full Monty!'


  1. Those muddy puddles look very familiar. We've spotted sliding alpaca footprints in some of ours, which is a bit worrrying. Love the Japanese lady and peacock, that's very advanced jigsaw puzzling.

  2. Fyta and Gaucho look at little rabit in these photos!!! lol Crazy camera turned your darlings wild eyed!! Your Jigsaw puzzles are just beautiful!! I like putting them together. I used to do that several years ago, but somehow got away from them. Not sure why - got busy I guess...debbie

  3. Surely those red eyes are from na'ers day? Great puzzles, our ground has dried a bit this weekend.

  4. Same here, the muddiest we have ever been...thank goodness we have paddocks full of alpacas and not ponies at least we can still see some grass!

    Glad to see that you have kept the grey matter challenged over the festive period!