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, 6 October 2013

The early photo shoot.

We continue to have good weather here, warm southerly wind and good amounts of sunshine which is marvellous for October (but it's all due to go downhill around Thursday of the coming week!) Early morning sunshine is strong and low in the sky at this time of year but the boys love it so they are up and about with the 'poop patroller' to make the best of it.  This is Faro.
For once Wee Eck has his mouth shut so his tell-tale single tooth is hidden.
Fergus, in shadow, but trying to work out if the camera is edible or whether poop patroller has any goodies in his pockets!
Typical Fidget pose and enjoying his own company as usual.
Fyta showing just what he thinks about these early morning photo shoots!
Thursday saw us in Inverness giving an alpaca talk to members of the '678 Club '.  There was a good turnout of 27 members who had lots of interesting questions for us.  Thank you for being such a lovely audience folks - and for your hospitality.
And finally..........'tis the season for fungi to be everywhere around the garden.  I've searched my Collins Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools but can't identify this type.  With over 3000 different types of large fungi in UK, perhaps thats not surprising!  Not 'mushroom' for any more - see you next weekend!


  1. The boys are looking so well Shirley, lovely bright, healthy fleeces.

  2. Shirley, I know what you mean about the fungi...we have lots as well...it's just determining which you can safely eat but so many look almost the same...one could make you very ill and another, similar in form, will be delicious!

    Agree with Barbara, those boys are looking great...but then they always do!

  3. Wow, I thought you'd found a cluster of mushrooms that could lift a boulder!