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, 18 August 2013

Another week

I've mentioned before that our boys are a sleepy-headed lot who take their time in the mornings to get going.  Gully yawning (3rd left) just about says it all for this lot as they make their way from the shelters to the paddock.
Never too early in the morning for a bit of nonsense from Fyta  however as he starts chucking the watering cans about - just to make sure that the human is awake!
It's been a week of good weather really with plenty of sunshine, occasional very heavy (but short) rain showers and a couple of days of blustery wind.  The boys seem to enjoy this mixture of weather although they are not keen on high winds.  They've had their monthly ration of Verm-X granules in their feed.
Wee Eck with Rufus behind.  These two are just as likely to be spitting or moaning at each other one minute then lying side  by side chewing the cud, the next!
We had a couple of instances last year of a nocturnal foraging Badger making short work of wasps nests in the orchard. This week look what greeted us at the side of the track - Mr Brock has been scraping again with a lot of very annoyed bumble bees still flying around their destroyed nest in the ground!  Lots of Badgers around this area as frequent road kills confirm and even our local hostelry is connected - it's called Brockie's Lodge!
And finally...............this small tortoiseshell butterfly looks lovely in the sunshine, feeding on the Marjoram in the back garden.


  1. It's all looking very lush and green up there. Perfect weather for the paddocks.

  2. Sounds like you've had the same sort of weather as us, great grass growing weather. Needless to say Paul been out cutting today!!

  3. Does Fyta help with watering the veg garden too?!! You certainly look a lot "greener" up there than we are down here! Our grass is beginning to look quite sorry for itself with so little rain this Summer.