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, 15 June 2014

A quiet week

The boys have been grazing the new paddock this week and lying about when the sun comes out. The grass is pretty rough but they don't seem to mind, it was topped a few weeks ago but clearly needs doing again.  The herd grazes unconcerned whilst Faro (foreground) as always is alert and watching the humans!
This shot just had to be taken!  The blackbird on the fence post had been flying and landing a few feet in front of me for some time.  When I stopped to take a photo he got onto the fence post right in the middle of the photograph to pose!
We've had quite a bit of rain again this week, quite a 'muggy' feel and with the odd 'slots' of baking sunshine.  The boys use their shelters a lot in this weather - they don't like it when the midge is around!  Fyta (left) and Fergus staying out of the way of flying beasties, above.  We also had a very pleasant and unexpected visit from three ladies this week, two of whom were on holiday from London.  They were intent on tracking down Tigh Mhor Alpacas and eventually were successful.  Hope the views of Loch Ness after your visit to the boys made up for the dodgy weather ladies!
When the sun is really hot the chickens lie on the ground and fan out their wings and tails to keep cool.  Hunkey on the left had just had a long drink from their bowl then he too flopped on the ground to cool off.
And finally.............we've had lots of beautiful sunsets this week including this strange one on Wednesday evening.  Have a good week.


  1. Lovely photos Shirley, everyone relaxing in the sunshine and that blackbird clearly determined to be one of your photos! Been hot and muggy over here too but much more pleasant at the moment, warm, a little overcast and a nice breeze...just fine when there's work to be done!

  2. You boys look very happy. I am sure the grass is better than they would get in Peru. That is a very high shed, ever though of getting a few giraffes ?