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, 24 August 2014

"Halt - who goes there?"

We always smile when we surprise the herd by appearing unannounced and Faro does his macho bit!  He presents the biggest profile he can with head, ears and tail up and does a wee gallop.  The rest of the boys take little notice but Faro, on the right of this picture is alert.
This is the 'ears back' stance when he stands working out what the humans are up to.  As you see, the rest of the boys take absolutely no notice and let Faro do his guarding duties!
Gaucho (left) Fyta and Fidget.
We often refer to Fyta as 'Smiley Fyta' because he has a dark mark on the left side of his mouth which often gives the impression that he is smiling.  See?
Gully (left) Rufus and Fergus
The peas and broad beans are ready for picking and this was the first lot to be shelled, blanched and put in the freezer.  We'll pick some more next week.
And finally...........we said, "Cheerio" to Hunkey Dunkey and his ladies this week as we re-homed them with Wendy and Paul at Woodleighlodge Alpacas on the Black Isle.  Now that we've moved house, the chicken compound is quite distant and we decided to re-home them rather than just move them a bit nearer.  Dunkey will be thrilled as they have moved to 5 star chicken accommodation and 3 new hens have been added to his harem!   


  1. The boys are looking swell ...... Those beans look great and I'm sure the chickens will be a big miss and no doubt those lovely eggs will also be missing from the homegrown harvest !! Jayne

  2. Have enjoyed seeing Hunky from time to time, but wish him all the best in his new life! Broad beans...yumm!