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, 19 May 2013

Colour change.

There have been some terrific photos on various alpaca blogs this week showing lovely, fluffy 'pacas, mainly girls with their cria.  Thought we'd have a reality check and show you some rough and ready boys at breakfast time today after a very soggy 48 hours.  This is Fidget, currently off white and soon to be black!
Gully (left) who is fawn going brown and probably still sleeping under his fringe, with Rufus.
Gaucho has gone a deep reddish brown colour.  Gully in the background.
'Leader of the pack' Faro with his head adornment and Rufus having a scratch in the background.
Rufus again with an 'almost white' Fergus behind.
Wee Eck (left) and Fyta make a start on the breakfast hay.  Fyta has just tipped the bucket over , as he does, with all bowls and buckets!
And finally...........a colour to cheer up the garden from this Japonica bush, dripping with rain but nevertheless growing strongly.  More than can be said for the rows of early tatties which were planted more than two weeks ago in the veg garden but are steadfastly refusing to appear in the cold and wet weather.  


  1. Well Shirley...if it's any consolation...it looks just as wet and miserable over here today! With shearing day looming this week...we want the rain to leave and sunshine to return! Your japonica looks lovely, our honeysuckles are my sunshine in the garden at the moment!

  2. The Japonica looks rather happier with the weather than the boys! We too have had an amazinging amount of rain. Surely we have sunshine coming soon!

  3. Ive got some of those dirty variety alpacas here too .. must be the Scottish Blood !! Rain coats and wellies required at this rate for after the big shearing !! Jayne

  4. Laughing at Fidget and Gully (love his hairdo)! Our 'pacas look the same, soggy and dirty :) Lisa