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, 29 April 2012

Caught in the act!

How is a gardener supposed to have any raspberries left on the canes when this happens?!  Earlier this week we thought we might move the boys into the orchard area where they have never been before and there is fresh grass.  This required a certain amount of 'corridor' building with hurdles which did not go exactly to plan.  In the end we abandoned the plan as there were just too many green temptations for the boys as this shot shows.  Gaucho is grabbing a mouthful of rasp shoots whilst Fyta in the background is helping himself to the brambles (blackberries).  Hopefully there will be no reduction in the amount of fruit later in the summer for jam making!
Here he is again, cheeky monkey, helping himself to the juicy new shoots on the rasp canes.
'Boss-man' Faro, alert as always, this time keeping an eye on the chickens through the wire mesh.
Boo!  Faro (Left) and Wee Eck silhouetted as they look over the gate. 
We had some really wet and miserable weather at the early part of the week but the last two days have been glorious. The nights have been very frosty which suits the boys.   This shot was taken this morning about 8.30.
Fyta (left), Fergus (middle) and Rufus soaking up the early morning rays to melt the frost on their coats.
And finally.........the boys have an added attraction this week.    We have started a new build house on one corner of our land and within viewing distance of the boys.  Not sure yet what they will think of their owners' new house but the forthcoming building activities is sure to keep them interested. 


  1. Poor Gaucho...he's just noticed that your rasps need a little pruning..you watch they'll be the best ever after his assistance!

    Good luck with the house build, hope you'll post some progress photos!

  2. congratulations on your new home!! Will it have a beautiful view of those lovely mountains we see from time? Those scallywags found something yummy in your berry bushes!! I bet they were in 7th Heaven munching on all that new greenery!!...debbie

  3. Lovely spot for a house, here's to a smooth and rapid build. We love being able to see our boys from the house, but be warned, ours come up to find us if we're late with feeds, and we're convinced they watch our every move through the windows!.

  4. Wow! good luck with the building - we found allowing our alpacas time in the garden a real challenge, protecting the plants - we planted ten Escalonia last year, and have to put up-turned pots over them each time we let the 'pacas in! the things we do for love!