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, 19 October 2014

Views from the top of the ladder!

We've had excellent weather during the past week with T shirts much in evidence - up until today when it's been very windy with rain.  The good weather gave the Grumpy Gardener a chance to get cracking on the annual 'short back and sides' of the various hedges. The boys have been keeping an eye on him whilst taking it easy in the sun with Rufus doing a spot of sun bathing.
The view from the top of the ladder, overlooking a field shelter roof.  Fyta (left) Faro and Fidget are relaxing whilst the human cuts, snips and sweats!
Gully is interested in the orchard ladder!  This very long hedge is predominantly Leylandii so some of the boys have enjoyed the occasional small bit of greenery to chew on. We keep the main cuttings away from them but we're sure that  a small bit to chew on won't harm them - it hasn't done in previous years of hedge cutting.
A movement on the track leading to the paddocks means the herd start to show an interest.  Faro is in front, tail up as usual and the others gather around.
Even Fidget has decided to stop chomping on the grass and have a look.
Wee Eck in front and Gully now want to have a look at what is coming down the track.
And finally..............the intruder is revealed - it's 'Cupcake' our neighbour's friendly cat out on another rabbit hunt!  Other wildlife seen this week around the place have been a red squirrel scarpering around the walls and roof joists of a field shelter, two red legged Partridges wandering up the track and flocks of Fieldfares stripping the berries from the Rowan trees.  The flocks are later in arriving this year and smaller in number so we wonder if it's got anything to do with the mild weather and the fact that there are so many berries on the trees everywhere this year?


  1. We had three red legged partridge visit our back garden for the first time this week and the fieldfares are gathering in number too :-)

  2. I love an excuse to get up a ladder and take a different view!