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, 27 April 2014

Another week, another blog!

Not too much happening here this week.  The weather generally has been uninspiring, lots of mist and sometimes cold winds.  The sun has shone occasionally so the boys have been wet, dry, wet, dry etc.  Gaucho is looking less than enthusiastic first thing on a damp morning!
Just before this photo was taken a rabbit ran in front of Faro (left) and away into some long grass,  but Faro and Rufus continued to look for it.  Fidget, Fergus and Fyta are lying down, completely disinterested! 
Trying to get the boys to pose for a group photo can be a bit of a struggle.  Faro (right) and Rufus are paying attention but Wee Eck and Gully can't be bothered!  The (almost) new house is behind on the hill.
A little later and Gully (right) and Rufus decide to stand still long enough to have their fringes snapped.  Might need to get the scissors out shortly I think!
"Psst Fergus - lets ask the photographer if we can borrow the camera and do a selfie!"
Down in the chicken compound Hunkey Dunkey is looking good, chasing his hens and 'cock-a-doodling' as if there was no tomorrow!  The boys often stand watching him through the chicken wire as he throws his head back and sounds off about his territorial rights!
And finally............as a result of the mild winter we've just had with no deep frosts, many bushes are showing lovely colours.  These are a few of the Azalea currently in bloom.  Have a nice week.


  1. Yes, group photos are a nightmare to take - I've taken hundreds, but really the trick is to get a strange dg to walk past behind you, then they are all alerted...but there's never a strange dog around when you want one!

  2. Those azaleas are looking lovely...as is Hunky!
    To get the alpacas to pose...put on a strange hat...ears up as curiosity sets in!

  3. Two white cats with stripy tails are still doing the trick here. Problem is I can never get the photo because I am running after cats who are far too brave for their own good!

  4. Love Hunkey Dunkey! Maybe he would like a friend?? I have one that also likes to cock-a-doodle MANY times a day :D Lisa