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, 1 December 2013

Peek - a - boo and quince!

I'm not sure how much detail you can all see on this photo but Faro is in the top paddock, looking through the fence and wondering where his supper has got to!  Just behind him, there is another wee head. Peek -a- boo!
There he is - Fergus, leaning over Faro's back and also looking for his food!
As if to say, "Come on, come on - hurry up with the food" the boys are now pressing against the fence.
It's as if these guys are all starving - they really enjoy their food.  Gully is in front, Fergus and Rufus behind the gate and Faro and Fyta at the rear.
The boys get so excited at feed time that Rufus often spits in the air whilst in the middle of the throng.  This has the effect of putting several of the boys off their food in the bowls so we overcome this by tipping the feed into the lids.  Fyta (top left) and Wee Eck are eating it like this as they don't like the smell of Rufus's spit on their bowls.
It's a long wander down to feed the chickens at the bottom of the garden, then back up again to the top paddocks for the boys.  Most of the leaves are off the trees now so 'himself' will have a job with the rake next week.
And finally..............quince!    These are from the Japonica bush and there are loads of them lying on the ground.  Hard as rock but the blackbirds give them a peck when they have lain on the ground for a while.  More snow at the end of this coming week apparently - stay warm!


  1. Good luck clearing the leaves...at least it looks as though they aren't landing in the paddocks! I have already raked one paddock for hours and still more fall...doesn't look as though I've shifted any...only compensation is how lovely the beech trees are looking at the moment as they're hanging onto their leaves!

  2. I made some quince jelly a few years ago...the jars are still in the cellar...hope the birds enjoy them more then we did!

  3. Yes, better described as 'wince' jelly I think Barbara!

  4. One good thing about living 'up top' leafs get blown away down the valley straight off the tree.

  5. Hehe, I love the shots of Fergus and Faro looking through the fence :) Lisa

  6. That looks like a long walk to the chickens .... the boys are patiently waiting for their tea ..... hope you survived the winds with no damage, maybe the leaves will all have blown away which will save a job ! Jayne