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, 13 October 2013

It's Bramble time again!

Brambles and other soft fruit have done well in the garden following the great summer we've had.   Some of the boys like eating the brambles although others are not quite so keen.  Fergus and Fyta are in the background whilst Wee Eck gets stuck into a berry!
"Num - num - num- num!"
Gaucho is partial to a bramble or two.
As is Gully!  In the background are Rufus ("I'm not keen on berries"), Fidget ("Brambles? What are they?") and Faro ("I'm the macho guard - I don't eat fruit!")
Fyta and Wee Eck will put up with hand feeding all day if necessary!  The boys also had their regular Verm-X granules in their feed this week so they deserved the berry treat.
On Wednesday we went to Inverness to give an Alpaca talk to the Dalneigh SWRI group.  Unfortunately the weather was horrendous that day with lashing rain and wind so there were several 'call-offs' by members leaving only 5 hardy souls to hear the chat.  Nevertheless they were a lovely group, we had plenty of laughs and of course the tea and cake went down very well.  Thanks for turning out ladies!
And finally...........despite a really mixed bag of weather this week, including plenty of frosts, we are still getting lovely sunshine which highlights the colours of this rose bush.  You can just see Hunkey Dunkey the cockerel in his enclosure on the other side of the fence.


  1. Ours too are partial to the odd blackberry...they quite like raspberries as well...as do the hens! All those boys are looking great, ready for anything a Scottish Winter can throw at them!!

  2. Great to see your boys looking so well. We have not yet had any frosts yet.

  3. It's great to see some of the boys enjoying the last of the summer blackberries - all of mine love them, but they also love getting stuck up in the bushes and walking around with bits and twigs stuck in their fleece! :) Lisa