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, 15 April 2012

Resting boys and growing plants

The boys having a lie down at the end of the day, after their feed  and before the sun sets.  Reminds me of  a scene from  Western movies where they form a loose protective circle facing outwards!  The boys were all lying down but as we approach Faro (background) the alert guard, automatically gets to his feet.  Gully (front) does the same but the others remain down, including ..............
Rufus, who is just a few metres away from the group.
A typical Faro pose, whilst the other boys are generally disinterested, he focuses on the activities of the humans!
Small part of a very large amount of wood sawn up as a result of last week's fallen Birch. These are some of the branches but the trunks sections are huge and very heavy.  Still lots of sawing to do before  it is all cut to logs.
A quick peep inside the Keder polytunnel.  The early spuds which were planted a couple of weeks ago are now growing on.  At the far end of the spuds are Coriander and Rocket herbs from last year which I am still using in salads.  There are two vines at the bottom which have begun to shoot and out of sight on the right plots, we have planted some early carrots and dwarf beans.
And finally...........  some of you may remember the Giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum) which grew to 8 ft in height last summer and produced amazing trumpet like flowers?  We separated the off-shoots  and replanted them but this is the remaining part in the boggy ground and surrounded by Dock leaves!  It is about 1 ft tall at the moment, looking very healthy and growing but we are unsure if it will shoot up again as it did last year - after all, it took 4 annual attempts before finally rocketing.  The book says it will take 3 - 5 years before the off-shoots flower again, but we've often found gardening books to be 'wide of the mark' for growing in this part of the world.


  1. I do enjoy your Sunday up-dates. Heres hoping that you prove the experts to be wrong!

  2. The boys look mighty content. Glad the snow is gone. I DO remember that monster flower!!! Glad it's coming back and that you'll have more!! You can sell the seeds for $50 a seed. haha!

  3. Great to see the boys having an evening 'Pow Wow' the circle of strength .....I also remember the giant flower...Im hoping it grows...huge again..Just like 'Jack n the Beanstalk' ....is there a Gentle Giant lurking at Tigh Mhor !....Jayne

  4. I love to watch the animals just before sunset, all calm - we except for the lambs here who cause mayhem just before bedtime!

  5. Faro is just sooo clever...humans often mean food! Lovely photos...your polytunnel looks very orderly, wish we had one!