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, 2 June 2013

At last - sunshine!

At last we have been getting some decent weather, several days of sunshine last week which pleased the boys no end as they could sunbathe!   My sister Mary, her son Gary, daughter in law Maryann and grand-daughter Hannah were on holiday from Norfolk and got the best of the weather.  Here, the boys come to the gate led by Faro and Wee Eck to meet the visitors.
Maryann meets Faro and the boys.  This was a new experience for Maryann who has not been up close and personal  with alpacas previously.
Hannah met the boys over 2 years ago on her last visit so she had to renew her friendship.
Fergus is always intrigued by children and gets up close to check out Hannah - and see if she has any food to offer.
A hot day means the rolling areas are dry and dusty - just the right conditions for Gully to show off his under-carriage, with his pal Gaucho nearby.  The boys are due to be sheared next Saturday so hope the weather stays warm for them.
And finally...............the Scots pines look exotic at this time of year.  This old tree sits just outside the front gate and has lots of young cones on it at present.  Have a nice week.


  1. Shirley, Elpie says would you pass this message on to your boys please?
    "Hey boys, I've just read that your humans plan shearing next week so chaps...keep up the rolling, (best if you can find a damp spot first so that the dust sticks nicely to those fleeces), then spit and scream loudly as soon as they stretch you out and don't forget to shiver when they take you back...makes them feel bad and you're bound to get extra rations at teatime!"

    1. Hummmm Elpie, hummm, hummm, hummm, OK! Luv, Faro & Gang

  2. How very true ! ... the boys are looking very full of fleece, it was great to see the sun last week. The Scots pine does look lovely, with all the young cones on, hoping for a dry shearing day ;0) Jayne

  3. Elpie is right...why do boys make so much fuss post shearing, always shivering for the first day...oh yes that because you have so much fleece you tell me!