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, 16 November 2014

Frosty morning and visitors

We've had a mixture of rain and mist this week but on one particular morning it was very frosty.  Trying to get a photo of Wee Eck's frosty ear tips proved difficult - you can just see them against Rufus's body.
Eck refused to face the camera so I had to get another photo of the back of his head!  The frosty ears show up a bit better.
Back to thumping the water troughs again to get rid of the ice!
We had a very nice visit this week from Alison and Brendan who have recently moved from the south and bought an 8.5 acre croft in Easter Ross with the intention of having some alpacas as company.  They have featured in a previous blog in May when they were here on holidays but this visit was all about getting to grips with haltering, toe nail clipping and feeding habits.  At least the rain held off for the sessions.
Every well behaved alpaca should get a grape for being a good boy.  Alison is deep in conversation with Fyta who just wants another grape! Thankfully the boys were quite well behaved for their visitors and even though they have been on their Verm-X granules in their feed this week, still managed to show how to clean out their feed bowls.
And finally..............Fyta investigating the inside of the hay store.


  1. I've had to hide your post from our pacas...they think carrot is a treat so don't want them to get ideas about grapes!! Looks crisp and chilly up there...no frost yet here and remaining very mild so far!

  2. Yay, bring on the frost! We need a bit of that down here!