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, 23 December 2012

Christmas greetings.

Christmas greetings to all our blog readers from both of us - and Boris the bear!
Earlier this week we moved the boys down to the bottom paddocks to give them a change of grass.  Great excitement as always as they galloped around re-acquainting themselves with the surroundings.  The snow of last week had finally cleared but left quite a hard frost in it's place.  They have also had their 7 day Verm-X granules treatment with their feed.
Fyta (front) and Gaucho behind enjoy some afternoon sunshine.  The snowy mountains in the background and the bank of fog (or is it Scotch mist?!) make for an interesting shot. 
Faro also enjoying the sun.  His fleece is a lovely colour although there is no great length to it.
The chickens in their compound were pleased to see the boys back again.  Note the Maran on the right standing on one leg because she doesn't like the frosty ground and tucks one leg up into her undercarriage to keep it warm!  She is also just getting over her moult so she huddles up for warmth and the tips of her tail feathers are still to be renewed.  
Yesterday was a much brighter day so we decided to pen the boys and check them over as well as nail clipping the two white fellas, Fergus and Fidget.  Unfortunately Fergus was more interested in a wrestling match and spitting over everyone in the pen...........not the green lumpy spit, more the fine spray type (you know what I mean!)  Fidget on the other hand behaved very well with no antics or wrestling.  One of the 'casualties' of the spitting was Fyta - who is looking for a bit of sympathy - "Look what that Fergus did to my gob, Mum!"  He does a pretty good impression of Shrek's friend, 'Donkey!'
And big Fergus gets a telling off for wrestling, spitting and being Fergus!
And finally................Christmas jigsaw No2, not quite finished so still work in progress!  This is a Viz cartoon jigsaw which will always have a rude element (magnify the drum!) and may remind older readers of a certain 60s Beatle LP cover - younger readers may have to ask someone what an LP is!!  Have a great Christmas everyone.


  1. Hoping you have a very merry Christmas Shirley, Robbie and Boys!

    Thank you for all your Sunday blogging

  2. Merry Christmas to you all at Tigh Mhor from all of us in Tasmania :) Lisa

  3. Happy Christmas to you both from La Grand-Mere!