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, 14 July 2013

A busy week.

This is something which was probably going on around UK this week - hosing down the animals.  It's been a surprisingly hot week, day after day of blazing sun, a real change for this part of the world. The hot weather also  coincided with lots of other 'happenings' such as tarring of the car park at the new house and picking up the 52 bales of hay for storage.  In this photo, Rufus is sitting in the background with Fergus snoozing in the grass and the rest of the boys trying to get the spray on their undercarriages. 
Part of the hay load, 23 bales still in the trailer and the other part of the load ready to be barrowed to the steading.   The temperature was 29 degrees when we were picking the bales from the hay field so it was hot work.
Fresh hay is a big attraction for the boys so when the barrow gets to the steading there is no shortage of volunteers to try a mouthful or two before it gets stored.
OK boys, form an orderly queue - meals on wheels has arrived!
Faro (foreground) with Fyta behind, take the opportunity to grab a mouthful.
Barrowing of the hay was made much easier this year because of the help Robbie got from our two old friends, Ken and Sandy, who were spending a few days with us.  So much for a restful holiday folks, but thanks for your help.  We also had a visit from Wendy and Paul, alpaca owners who have moved to the Black Isle near Inverness.  Forgot to have the camera ready during their visit, but nice to meet two more 'paca fans.
And finally..........Boris the bear was on the move this week from Tigh Mhor, up the track to the new house (Fassach Beag.)  As Calum was on site this week with the digger it was an ideal opportunity for Boris to 'bear' the indignity of this mode of travel.  He now stands at the new house, overlooking his old domain.  


  1. Ken and Sandy are obviously good friends if they let you refer to them as old...look quite young to me! Glad to see you are enjoying the sunshine too.

  2. Love the boys trying the hay before it is stored!! Meals on wheels LOL :) Lisa