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, 2 March 2014

Visit to Woodleigh Lodge Alpacas

We paid a very enjoyable visit to Woodleigh Lodge Alpacas on the Black Isle near Inverness this week to see Sammy, the new boy on the block, brought north from Yorkshire by Wendy and husband Paul to replace their  'Snow King' who sadly died before Christmas.  This is Sammy, 4 years old and a lovely looking boy.  He's still getting acquainted with his surroundings but has settled down well - must be all the carrots and tit-bits he's getting!
Looking on (adoringly!) from an adjoining paddock is 'Baby' who will be mated with Sammy in due course.
And in another adjoining paddock is Prudence, mother of Baby who has a fondness for the carrots being offered by Wendy.  Unfortunately Paul was at work the day we visited but we hope to see both him and Wendy again soon.
Baby (left), Prudence and Sammy on a lovely day with the Black Isle stretching away behind them and Munlochy Bay in the distance.  Thanks for the introduction to Sammy, Wendy and of course for the lovely sponge - the Grumpy Gardener finished the last bit from the fridge today!
Back home and later in the week we penned the boys so that we could take a closer look at the inside of Wee Eck's ears - he's been shaking his head a bit.  I gave them a good clean out and applied some Sudacrem which seems to have worked.  He's now an all black alpaca with white inside ears!  Here he is being told he's a "good boy" - but being a deaf boy he'll probably have to lip read!
Two more "Good boys" - Fergus (left) and Fyta. Whilst the boys were penned we took the opportunity to trim both Fergus' and Fidget's nails and they were both well behaved.
And finally...........a long range shot which will probably need to be enlarged to see the boys gathered around a delivery which is covered with a blue tarpaulin.  The delivery was made mid week and has created a lot of interest for the boys, especially Gully who stands for minutes on end without moving just staring at it!  The rest of the delivery will be made tomorrow and - don't tell the boys - it's a new field shelter for when they are using their new paddock (once G. Gardener gets it sorted out!)


  1. That's some very impressive fencing up there on the Black Isle. No chance of Sammy getting an early date!

    A new house for the boys...hope they know how spoilt they are!

  2. The fencing was a lot of hard work but well worth it, he will get his date but not until the end of May when the weather is warmer.
    Rgds Paul.