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, 1 April 2012

Fun in the sun.

The water trays which we normally use in summer months have been brought into service early due to the sunny weather.  Inevitably this causes arguments between some of the boys as they try to get ownership!  Here is Fyta standing in the tray and refusing to budge for Fergus who starts huffing and puffing and snorting in the air, watched by Wee Eck (right) and Rufus behind. 
More water is soon needed in the tray as it becomes muddy - and Fyta still refuses to let any of the other boys have a paddle.
Fergus decides to play the waiting game by lying down but still spits and snorts at Fyta who tries to disregard him.  Rufus has a rear quarter itch in the background!
At last Fyta moves and Rufus grabs his chance of getting into the muddy water.  More watering can action required please Robbie!
Faro gets up close and personal with the water carrier!
Whilst there was plenty of action going on at the watering tray, Gully (front) and Gaucho were having their own game in the sand pit.  There was some serious 'neck wrestling' and a bit of spitting going on just before this photo was taken, but these two guys are best pals and often have a bit of rough and tumble with each other.  We are going to have a nail clipping session with Gully later today - that should be fun!
And finally........this lovely Japonica faces south and is in full bloom at present.  It has a vibrant red colour, quite unlike the reds of other bushes or flowers.  The veg garden is in the background with the Keder greenhouse top left.  Early potatoes (Rocket and Arran Pilot) and Early Nantes carrots are planted in the Keder and we'll put some more tatties in outside this week - if the snow stays away! 


  1. Looks like you need one more tray, and a watering can for Robbies other hand!

  2. How silly the boys are!! Water and sand battles, like a bunch of kids!! The red bush is very pretty!! ...debbie

  3. We find that some alpacas just adore to paddle whilst others wait in the wings for any spillages and then roll in that! It all makes for a great spectator sport though, doesn't it?! Looks as if those boys have got Robbie just where they want him...!