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, 24 November 2013

The winter chill

We were well warned by the Met Office to expect snow on Monday, and they were right. Unfortunately the local council lost the plot so no gritters were in the area - typical.  The boys are in the middle of this photo, in front of their shelters although they are hard to see.  Another snow shower is seen rapidly approaching from the north.
Time to get some haylage into the system to bulk the boys up - although Fidget doesn't need any more bulking up!  His pink top plate is clearly seen in this photo for students of camelid dentistry!
Gaucho is pleased to get haylage as he is not keen on frozen grass.
Rufus, with Fyta as his rear.
Gully always looks a pretty picture.
By Wednesday all traces of the snow had gone and the boys were able to get back to grazing properly.  Also in the picture are some of our neighbour's sheep and the 'pacas are always interested in what the flock get up to.
And finally.............yesterday a delivery van arrived, not bearing a parcel just the driver bringing his wee daughter to see the boys.  This was taken from the new house and you can just see the boys looking at the little girl on the other side of the fence.  Nice!  Finally, finally a word to cheer up an avid blog reader - Sue from deepest Northants who is just recovering from a recent stroke.  Enjoy, Sue!


  1. Glad to enjoy photos of snow from a distance! and best wishes to Sue for a steady recovery.

  2. Lovely to see the beautiful Scottish countryside covered in snow.

  3. Snow today ... gone tomorrow !! Just a taster of what's instore for us all .... keep warm. Its lovely to see on the photos how it changes the landscape .... Jayne

  4. Your first photo is amazing - what a great shot! :) Lisa