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, 7 July 2013

Phew -it's hot.

As we seem to have been doing nothing but complain about the long winter and cold weather, we'd better do the British thing and complain about the hot weather now!  It's been pretty hot some days but looking at the weather charts, you folks in the south of the country must be melting by now in the high temperatures.  It's great to be wearing T shirts and shorts again though!  This is Fergus 'taking on water' and as he sucks it in, it's possible to watch the level of the water go down!  Next stop is the rolling area to get covered in dust.
Most of the boys like to get out of the strong heat sometimes and 'chill' in the shelters.  From the left, Faro, Fyta, Wee Eck and Gaucho in the background.
Next door in the steading, three of the boys keep out of the sun.  From the left, Rufus, Fidget and Gully.  Of all the boys Gully stays longest under cover in the heat due to his sensitive skin.
Time for Wee Eck to top up with water and he likes to drink out of the top of the watering can, if he is able.  This time the can is empty and he spends some time pushing it around and trying to lift it.
But he soon realises that this is the watering hole!
An early morning shot of the Verbascum plant which at over 6 feet in height stands guard at the entrance to the Keder.   We didn't plant it there, it just appeared last year and this year has really shot upwards.  Inside and growing well are broad beans (Sutton), French climbing beans, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, the vines and an olive bush.
And finally.......... a colourful corner of the car park with a variegated Rhododendron (left), day lilies, red-hot pokers and the poisonous blue aconite flowers at the top left.   Have a nice week, hope the sun keeps shining!


  1. The garden looks wonderful in full bloom. The alpacas love to shade in the hot weather, my girls have taken to hiding in the barn...I have taken to hiding in the house !! Must be melting in the poly-tunnel ....Jayne

  2. Mosquitos bothering us at night, but it's great to see dragonflies and bats in the evening - our herd love to stand in the tray and cool their ankles.