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, 11 May 2014

Spring in the air.

It's always the same when something is happening in the paddocks - I never have the camera with me!  I did have my iphone though and was able to take a couple of distance shots as the boys pronked their way around the paddocks one evening.  I think Fyta started it (as he does!) by running around, standing in the water tray then running around again.  This got Gully going and as you can see, he does rather a nice pronk, springing in the air!  Faro is on the right of the picture determined not to join in!
Gully and Wee Eck running around - and still Faro refuses to join in.  This was one of those warm, damp evenings after a day of rain when the midgies begin to bite so that may have got them going.
Most of this week has been wet with some occasional sunshine.  Fergus (left), Fyta and Wee Eck looking suitably damp.
"Things to do, places to go" as a soggy Gaucho marches across the paddock.
Gully (front) and Fidget.  Gully takes up this stance when he is curious about something he has seen or heard.  He lefts his head, puts his nose in the air and sniffs continuously and will often not move for many minutes.
And finally..............the Swallows started to arrive at Easter and are now here in considerable numbers together with House Martins, and these clumps of Bluebells are appearing.  It's a lovely time of year - as long as it stops raining!


  1. Ours enjoy a good pronk too. The other night Cat pronked all around the field making sure that she chased every rabbit away. This took some time as there was about 30 rabbits to chase. Graham (Ruilick Alpacas)

  2. I think seeing alpacas pronking around a field is one of the greatest joys of ownership! Once one sets off, everyone follows! Lovely photos!

  3. Woah!! Gully got some height with his pronk! What a fabulous photo :) Lisa