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, 21 September 2014

Carrots and Brambles

First thing in the morning the boys are usually a bit sleepy-eyed and not in a rush to go anywhere or do anything.  Gully is deciding whether to venture out or stay in the shelter at 8.00am on Tuesday. 
Being a deaf boy means that Wee Eck tends to follow the herd - if they get up then so does he, but if they have a long lie, then so does he too.  There has been quite a bit of sun bathing going on this week again and Eck frequently gets left on his own lying in the sun, oblivious to the fact that the herd has moved.  Big panics until he catches up with them again!
We had a lovely visit on Fri evening from friends David, Evelyn and daughter Annie who was delighted with the boys but keen to watch where she put her feet on the ground - just in case of stepping on something!  Here she is feeding carrots to Faro whilst Fergus and Fyta look on.
And Fergus and Fyta are also fed their carrots too.   Gaucho is in the background.
There are plenty of Brambles (Blackberries) around at present and most of the boys like them.  Fyta (left) and Fergus in particular are very keen on them as are Gully and Fidget who can be seen looking on intently in the background.
Still plenty of midgies and other flying beasties around in the mild weather.   Just look at this beast which landed on the letter box - bet the postie was less then impressed!
And finally...........Brock the Badger is back again, creating mayhem on the fence line.  Thankfully our chickens are re-homed so he won't present a threat to them any longer.  Wonder if the boys are able to hear his nocturnal diggings on the other side of the hedge?


  1. I wonder does it make their spit an interesting change from green?

  2. Wee Eck...what a sweetie! Never tried giving the pacas brambles although they do love the leaves, however, we like the fruit in a crumble!! (Maybe we'll share some next time we pick!)