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, 17 August 2014

Sun-bathing and Swallowing!

We've often mentioned Fidget's habit of doing his own thing, staying slightly apart from the herd and lying on his favourite spot tucked in behind the fence at the top paddock.  Here he is doing just that!
Amongst the heavy downpours this week we have also had some lovely sunny intervals and time for the boys to catch up on their sun bathing.  This photo is of the top paddocks and Faro spots the approaching human so runs to the gate with his tail up.  He can be seen in front of the nearest field shelter.
Here he is checking out the photographer!  He is still showing his shaved section at the bottom of his neck from where a blood sample was recently taken by the vet.  All of the wide variety of tests on his blood and faeces proved negative. Faro is eating all of his daily supplement now so that pleases us but he is still depositing 'dumplings' rather than 'beans' so things have not yet settled down in his digestive system.
Someone has to keep an eye on the human whilst the herd soaks up the sun!   Rufus is lying in front with Wee Eck and Fergus behind and Gully, Fyta and Gaucho in the background.  Fidget is out of sight behind the fence on his favourite spot!
It may be late summer but this Lily has opened up to show lovely colours.
And finally.................just for Jayne of Zanzibah Alpacas who loves swallows - these two guys were sitting in the woodshed waiting for Mummy Swallow to arrive with some food.  Imagine their surprise when instead, the grumpy gardener arrived with a camera!


  1. Glad to hear Faro is slowing returning to normal, fingers crossed he soon is back to beans!!

  2. Now that we have a paddock sweeper and I no longer do the poovering, I feel my obsession with beans has diminished rather. Maybe I need to do the odd poover just to keep my eye in!!

  3. I find that the older girls deposit dumplings, or hand grenades, rather than coffe beans. (we don't have enough boys for comparison)