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, 16 September 2012

This is a typical Fyta pose - head into the bowl at feeding time.  He's already finished off his supplement and gone around most of the empty bowls, hoovering up any grains that are left - here he is in Faro's bowl.
Meanwhile Faro has dared to go near to Fidget's bowl which spark's an immediate reaction  - neck out, camel noises and working up a spit!  Fyta (with black 'trousers' at the rear) continues with the hoovering and Gully (front right) wonders if there is more.  The boys have had their daily dose of Verm-X over the past 6 days so they will have one more dose tonight. 
In the compound next to the boys are the chickens and Gaucho (L) and Rufus give Hunkey the cockerel and  Delilah one of the hens, the 'once over.'  The hens usually patrol the fence line when the boys are fed in case any scraps should get thrown their way - and they usually are.  We've ordered another 3 chickens from the breeder in Skye so we'll get them in 2 week's time.  We will get a Black Rock, a light Sussex and a Bluebell as we've had them before and they are all nice, colourful fowl.  Hunkey will think all his Christmases have come at once!
Fergus often likes his neck rubbed vigorously after his feed and here is Robbie obliging him.  We penned the boys this week so that we could put some cream on dry patches on Wee Eck, so Fergus had his nails trimmed at the same time.  He was not exactly a happy bunny - but his pal Fidget put up with the procedure much better.
For those interested in the garden, this is the view looking inside the Keder greenhouse.  On the left are  Runner beans, not normally in the Keder but we thought we'd better plant some inside in case the bunnies ate all the outdoor ones!  French beans are on the immediate right, then carrots and one of the two vines at the bottom.
No need for management at Cotes Du Rhone to panic just yet I think, but at least we are pleased that we get a picking in these northern climes.
And finally........for Barbara and Judi and anyone else interested in the house build, this was taken yesterday - you might need to magnify.  Blockwork and quoines all completed with harling starting this coming week.  The garage has been started on the left where the fork lift is parked, so we should see a big difference in the site shortly.  Inside all the stud walls are up and plaster-boarding almost complete.  The kitchen/dining area has a 'cathedral' style ceiling so that is taking a while to complete but should be finished in a couple of days.  Ames Tapers in during this coming week and kitchen fitting in a couple of weeks.  Good eh?


  1. Looks as though great progress is being made! Do you have a "move-in" date in mind or is it a case of wait and see?! Alpaca mealtimes eh...what fun!

  2. Looking forward to the internal photos!

  3. All looking good, boys, greenhouse and house!

  4. Thanks Shirley, its looking great...is Dave going to help with choosing the curtains I wonder?!

  5. Well you learn something new... I had to look up Ames tapers, and Harling which I now know is a weatherproof wall finish commonly found in Scottish castles, very posh. The house looks lovely, and the boys all look well.

  6. Harling (pebble-dash!) or 'wet harling' is also used extensively on the wee hooses of the poor! Robbie