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, 24 March 2013

Trying to stay warm!

It's a touch of "Halt - who goes there?" from Fyta who was on gate guard duties one day!  Not a lot has been happening this week as animals and humans kept a low profile trying to avoid the raw, bitter easterly wind.
This was taken on Monday and was the only snow we saw this week - unlike many of you in the south, and especially Cumbria who have had to endure the blizzards.  One again we seem to have escaped the worse of the weather - touch wood!
This tranquil scene was recorded about 6.00pm mid week and the boys had settled down for the evening.  Unfortunately they were in the wrong paddock so they had to get up and be moved - accompanied by lots of moaning and camel noises!
Another day, another lie down.  Rufus is nearest to the camera with Wee Eck just behind. These two were the last boys to join the herd a couple of years ago and they have frequent spats and stand-offs as they square up to each other.  But just as frequently they can be seen lying next to each other, chewing the cud contentedly and happy with each other's company.  Eck doesn't do neck wrestling because he is so much smaller than the others, he just does the full body slam!  Males, eh?!
And finally..........Faro has a lie down watching his pals with the nearly completed house and smaller garage/workshop behind.  The forecast is for more cold weather and perhaps snow in the week ahead leading up to Easter.  This time last year we were in T Shirts - what a difference!


  1. The house looks good, you'll be looking forward to some warm weather to sort out the garden I expect.

  2. When will the house be completed Shirley? Hopefully the cold weather will ease up for you soon :) Lisa

  3. The house and the boys are looking good ... hope the Spring-time soon finds its way up with you .... its bitterly cold here too ....Jayne

  4. Hello I am living in Beauly and thinking about getting alpacas. How is the best way to go about this. Cheers Graham

  5. Hi Graham, just ring 741240 and pay us a visit to meet our boys and we'll keep you right! Shirley & Robbie