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, 9 September 2012

Pits and spits

The boys are not early risers but one of the first to get going in the mornings is Rufus.  He is often to be seen getting up on his feet in the shelter, going outside to do the toilet then returning for another snooze.
Wee Eck, always curious as to what is going on when humans are around and not shy to have his photo taken.  Faro is in the background.
Faro again, trying his best to look macho with his tail up!
It's almost as if Fergus (left) is saying to Fidget, "Was it something I said or do I have to change my toothpaste?!"  With a sand pit each the two boys can enjoy their own space, something that both of these white guys like.
See what I mean?  Rufus has decided that he will join Fidget in the sand pit, but Fidge has other ideas about that and starts moaning like a camel and working up a spit!  Rufus takes evasive action from the green stuff that might be heading in his direction!
Remember these three swallows from our blog of a couple of weeks ago?  At  that time they flew the nest and we thought we had seen the last of them but they have been returning to the shelter each night with Mum and Dad, not to the actual nest but roosting in the eaves of the shelter.
And here's a lovely Lily still displaying vibrant colours although it is quite late in the growing season for them.
And finally..........despite the best efforts of the bunnies we have managed to  salvage a reasonable crop of veg again this year.  The onions are drying in the sun and wind and their skins will turn to a golden brown colour as this happens.  The basin full of pea pods produced the peas in the yellow tub whilst the pods will be emptied into the compost bin.  This is the first of several basins full of peas, broad beans and runner beans which will find their way to the freezer.  Calabrese is being eaten by us now whilst the bunnies ate most of the early cauliflowers with only one surviving  - fortunately the second planting will survive.


  1. How is the building work coming along Shirley? I keep looking for some latest photos, not that I don't wish to see the boys as well of course!

  2. The boys are funny when it comes to space invasion and sharing the sandpit ! What a great crop of veg ..those peapods look lovely, I was just wondering, who shelled them and how many didn'nt manage to get into the bowl ! ......Jayne