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, 26 May 2013

Look Mum - no hands!

Don't you just love it when your animals start their antics and you have your camera with you - then don't you just hate it when the shutter speed is so slow that you can never quite get the shot you wanted!  Fyta wants to have a bit of fun by picking up the watering can then dropping it but unfortunately your photographer never quite manages to get the can at it's highest point and still in Fyta's mouth.  Never mind, you get the idea from this mid air shot - a Paul Daniels moment!
Fyta continues with his antics yet your photographer's technique gets no better.   Fyta begins to lose patience with the (amateur) photographer!
And he knows a good way of winding up the humans just after they have put fresh water into the trough - the reason for the watering can in the first place!
Faro has been watching the action from a distance but decides to come along and see what all the fuss is about.  These two are good pals and when one appears, the other is sure to be close behind.
Nearby, Wee Eck (left) and Gully are in the shelter.  Note that the green bucket has earlier been chucked out of the shelter - Fyta at his antics again!
One evening earlier in the week the boys had a pronking session so Robbie rushed in for the camera.  Too late, the moment had passed and all was peace and quiet when he returned.  Gully (left) and his pal Gaucho were the pronk-leaders.
And finally.............the Solomon's Seal are really growing now.  We started with a couple of shoots several years ago and now they have spread into two big bunches like this.  Love the 'dangly' white, pear shaped flowers.


  1. Great photos Shirley. They never grow out of being mischievous do they!

  2. I think Fyta might have been trying a bit of levitation - we only have your word that the watering can was in his mouth! ;-)

  3. Does Fyta often pick up objects and carry them? Does he move them or just pick up and put down?? None of my 'pacas do that...how interesting!

    I had to laugh at the look on Gully's and Gaucho's faces...as if to say 'Missed it!!', I would have loved to have seen these big boys in full pronk mode :) Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, It's a Fyta speciality! He does it with the hay buckets, watering cans and plastic bowls - he has'nt mastered how to pick up a shiny metal food bowl yet! He picks them up then drops them, sometimes tossing them about. He is the only one who does this too. Shirley & Robbie

  4. The finer weather has lifted their spirits and the whisper of the shearer on route !! Hope the weather stays settled for the big day, the garden plant is lovely... Jayne

  5. Lovely blog, happy boys to make you smile, that's what it's all for.

  6. I know just what you mean about not having the camera at those moments you'd love to share! The boys are looking good as shearing day draws closer....hope the weather is kind! Our shearing was followed by some very cold weather...err!