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, 28 October 2012

Pumpkins and other stuff!

Only Gully (left) and Fyta seem remotely interested in the pumpkin lantern whilst the other boys prefer grazing.  We made the pumpkin for the Halloween disco which we organise for Learning Disabled adults and their carers (www.corbettvip.btck.co.uk)  and I made soup from the scooped out pumpkin - delicious!
During a misty morning this week we decided to let the boys into some new grass in an adjoining paddock.   As always they seem to know when they are getting new grass and wait patiently at the gate to get in.
When the gate is opened they charge in and start running around in excitement.
In particular, Gully really 'goes bananas' jumping around, rearing up on his back legs and chasing the other boys around.  We tried to get a video of him doing this but it hasn't come out too well.  This is the same Gully who lead all the boys pronking around the paddocks at dusk one evening, but as always the camera is never handy when needed!  This photo is of Gully, not listening for worms as you might imagine but rubbing his neck and face on a big bunch of dead Dock leaves.  Fyta on the left, looks as if he is laughing at him!
A slightly different view of the boys in this paddock taken from the track down to 'Tigh Mhor.'  Note the large pile of shredded bark and branches in the foreground with the large rabbit hole in the middle!  In the middle of the photo is the long hedge which shelters the boys and the field shelters from the westerly winds and rain. During the past week 'himself' has been up the ladder with shears and hedge trimmer trying desperately to get all the hedges around the place cut before the winter weather hits.
We had a visit from friends Ann and Duncan who are 'house-sitting' our neighbour's house for a couple of weeks.  Ann loves animals and in particular Clydesdale horses and other 'heavy' horses.  Duncan reckons that Fergus (standing behind me) would qualify for the 'heavy' alpaca category!   Cheek!
And finally.............a colourful bunch of Geranium leaves, no flowers left now but their green leaves are turning into beautiful autumnal shades. 


  1. Yes Shirley, I know what a "heavy" alpaca looks like as we too have a few although I prefer to think they are just large boned!

  2. Ha, Gully must have got stung by nettles, and knows the secret of Dock leaves1

  3. I just love letting the alpacas on to new grass...this means we also have some 'chunky' ones!

  4. Enjoyed the visit thanks Shirley & Robbie. xx

  5. Nice to see you too Ann & Duncan- haste ye back! S & R