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, 22 June 2014

Hose down time

We had a couple of sizzling days this week amidst the other wet days so we got the hose out for the boys.  All of them like having their bellies sprayed but Faro also enjoys the spray being played over the end of his nose.  It's obvious that he likes it because when you stop he nudges and pushes as if to say, "More please."
Faro gets the treatment on his nose whilst Fergus in the foreground waits for his turn.   Shame about the sun hat boss, a hankie with the four corners tied would be more appropriate!
Faro (left), Fyta (middle) and Wee Eck get their noses sprayed.   Rufus is in the background watching, he likes his under-carriage and legs to be soaked but draws the line at get his nose sprayed!
There is the usual melee around the water tray when the hose is in use, with plenty of shoving and pushing going on.
Best pals Gaucho (left) and Gully just soaking up the rays.  Gaucho is standing in the water tray as usual.
Another day, another one of Fyta's tricks involving food bowls!  After he's finished his own supplement he'll pinch other bowls and carry them off or tip them over with his nose or foot - anything to get another morsel.
And finally - the Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia) are all out around the garden attracting bees and birds alike.  These are growing next to the chicken compound and you'll probably be able to see Hunkey Dunkey and some of his hens in there.


  1. There's nothing like a bit of ho(r)se-play with the alpacas, and ours all have their different approaches to getting wet.

  2. We have had the hose out here, but not the legs (nice pair Robbie!)

  3. Yes, we too must pull the hose round ...at the moment it's the veg patches that are enjoying it! Ours too have different likes and dislikes when it comes to a shower...some like to be soaked whilst others watch and then sit in the puddle!
    I notice your chaps are still sporting their winter attire...they must be counting down to shearing day with all this hot weather!

  4. As soon as our hose is seen or headed Hamish runs from wherever he is, plonks his front feet in the trough and begs to be sprayed. Fun fun fun.