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, 6 July 2014

Lazy week and some pane!

It's one of those days, the sun is high in the sky and the only thing to do is just flop on the grass and enjoy the fact that there is no heavy fleece to contend with!  Only one thing missing - Faro......
Ah there he is, whilst the herd relaxes he keeps an eye on what the human is up to!
This is Gully (front) and his pal Gaucho sharing a bucket of hay.  Not all of our boys will share their hay - it often leads to arguments but these two manage it.  Whilst the boys enjoy the hay in the steading the rest of the herd has wandered off and are now two paddocks distant.
Gaucho and Gully suddenly realised that they had been left alone and went looking for the rest of the herd - and soon found them.
In the House Martin nest above the window we can now hear the youngsters chirping.  With a bit of magnification you might just see the Martin leaving the nest in a steep dive.
Some lovely displays in the garden this year.  Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia) is in front with  Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) at the rear.
And finally.............something completely different.   When we were building the house we had problems with crows pecking out the rubber window pane gaskets and pecking at the window panes.  We tried various humane methods of keeping them off including this one, which works.  The plastic spikes are on a strip, taped to the sill and stop the birds from landing.  We left them on for several months and the problem stopped.  Recently one crow has started knocking on the windows again so we have had to re-introduce the protection.  I suppose you could say that it is a pane, sorry - pain!


  1. Lovely to see those pacas enjoying the sunshine...you just can't beat it, can you?!

  2. Suffering from crowing pains...not funny!