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, 20 May 2012

Hair today - gone soon!

After enduring rain, wind and hail like pan-drops (or mint imperials or M & Ms if you're not old enough to remember pan-drops!) the week finished off in more Spring like weather.  Poo samples were delivered to the Vet lab in Inverness for worm/fluke counts and the result is awaited.  We also opened up another paddock to give the boys a bit of variety in grass before shearing in just over a week's time.  Here they are, less Faro who is out of shot, waiting for the gate to be opened. 
'Bonnie Boy' Gaucho sporting a nice mop!  His look will change completely once the shearer has done his job.
Fergus showing off his fringe and hoping that the photographer has a carrot in his jacket pocket (mind you any old snack would do!)
An interesting shot of Fidget's 'tutu' of guard hairs around his lower neck.  If you magnify the photo you'll see what I mean!  He'll benefit from a fringe trim too.
A bad hair day or just a new style?  Faro's fringe is a number of different shades but still a lovely colour.  It will be a pity for him to lose this curly mop. 
And here he is in normal pose.  Faro is a slender animal who does not have a dense coat like some of the other boys.  Always alert, he was the first boy onto the new grass and checked out the fencing and exits whilst the other boys just enjoyed eating or running around in excitement.  He's an intelligent chap!
And finally.......despite the recent cold weather this 'Canary bird' Rose is doing well at the front of the house and is a mass of yellow flowers.  Elsewhere in the veg garden Robbie is 'doing his nut' because a wee bunny got in and ate all the leeks which he had planted a day or so earlier.......(tee hee!!)


  1. Like you at Tigh Moor, we are enjoying the last few days seeing our herd with their clothes on! We leave a generous top-knot so it was interesting to read that Faro's lovely locks will go! Good luck to you all...including those boys, hope the shearing goes well and the sun shines!

  2. That time again! I enjoy the photos after they are sheared clean! I guess they feel good to get all that fur off. I bet they run and jump. Any of them feel embarrassed? We had a dog that would go hide for a few days after a haircut. He didn't like it at all. Your yellow rose bush is just beautiful! ...debbie