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, 26 October 2014

Grapes and things.

The boys had their monthly dose of Verm-X in their feed during the past week, and when that had been completed we opened the gate to the 'rough' paddock to let them get at new grass - they don't eat much feed for a couple of days on new grass.  Some of the boys are particularly partial to brambles - and also grapes.  This is Fyta trying hard to get at a grape with Fidget looking on intently in the background.
We grow the grapes in our Keder greenhouse and we've had a good crop this year.   Fyta again here, sucking on a grape whilst Gully looks on.   Note that the rest of the boys are not really interested.
Gully's turn to try the grapes.  He has these very sensitive lips and delicately picks a grape/bramble from the fingertips - no need for 'palm of the hand' feeding with him.
All finished - but Fyta is straining on the fence wire hoping for more!  Note how Fergus is away at the bottom of the paddock on his own in these photos - clearly not interested in the grapes.
We had a very nice visit from Erin and her grandparents to see the boys.  It was a bright day but with a biting wind.   Grandma Amy had been at our recent alpaca talk in Marybank and wanted to come along and see the herd in real life.  I think Wee Eck might have been the favourite on the day of the visit!  Lovely to see you folks - sorry about the shadow of the photographer spoiling the photo!
And finally........... the Fothergilla bush really comes into it's own at this time of the year giving the garden a real splash of colour.


  1. I love the fact Fergus clearly doesn't giving two hoots about what anyone else is doing!

  2. Funny how some are little scoffers and others are not interested. I've got one or two of both here ... Grapes what ever next they'll be none left for the home brew !! Jayne