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, 26 January 2014

No change in the weather.

Ah, the joys of being soaking wet on a driech, winter's day!  Gaucho seems unimpressed by our latest spell of wet and windy weather.
Wee Eck with Fidget behind and Faro and Rufus in the background.  Eck's only bit of non-black colour is the white patch behind his left front foot.
Gully always manages to have a roll in the mud, although he doesn't look too happy about the conditions.   Behind the fence is the veg garden with the Keder polytunnel and in the background is the north gable end of Tigh Mhor (the house hasn't sold yet - anyone out there interested?)
Rufus -a little nervous and  always on the lookout.
Fyta boy - he's also been rolling around getting dirty.
And finally............a shot of the dripping wet Monkey Puzzle tree.  It's about 20 years old now, spent a couple of years in a large pot before we planted it in a corner when we moved here 18 years ago.  The leaves are extremely sharp and hard so it's in a corner where we won't brush against it.  On the left is a 'mile-a-minute' plant (Polygonum Baldschuanicum) which covers a garden seat and pergola and during the summer completely covers the Monkey Puzzle in white flowers.  It has to be drastically pruned back every year otherwise it would take over the complete garden I think!  The Royal Horticultural Society encyclopedia of garden plants says, "it is frequently rampant and may be difficult to control!"  No kidding?!


  1. At least you can say that your alpacas get plenty of exercise, fresh air and daylight - that's why they are in that condition (and ours too!).

  2. Hope the weather improves for you and the boys soon! :) Lisa