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, 30 November 2014

Misty eyed and visitors

Everyone's favourite boy here, Fergus, giving his big-eyed pleading look for something juicy to eat to take his mind off all the mist we've had (again) this week!
Two minutes earlier he had been giving the Grumpy Gardener the pleading look through the fence leading to the veg garden.  You can almost hear Fergus asking for a bit of neep (swede.)
Soon all the boys are enjoying a bit, Faro is in front with Rufus standing behind him.
Wee Eck is determined not to let this bit of neep get the better of him!  Normally they just nibble them on the ground.  Fidget is behind.
Today has seen glorious weather and we had a lovely visit from sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sheila and Jim and some members of their family.  The boys thought that Christmas had come early as carrots and grapes were being dispensed!  OK folks, time to turn around and smile for the Grumpy Gardener please...........
Thats better!  From the left me, grand-daughter Heather, son Colin, great-grand children Chloe and Cameron, Jim and Sheila.  The sky has been clear and blue all day so that will mean a frost tonight which the boys will enjoy.
And finally............. there have been some large skeins of geese flying south this week, sometimes they can't be seen in the mist but they can certainly be heard!  These are 12 swans, also heading south and 'honking' loudly as they fly.  Have a nice week.


  1. Shirley, you are so well disciplined posting, without fail, each Sunday evening! Whilst the rest of us have become rather poor on the posting front, I do so look forward to reading your news at breakfast every Monday! You are an example to all of us lazy bloggers, we must pull our socks up!!

  2. It's possible that other types of social media are more popular than 'blogging' these days Judi but we don't use them so it's blog or nowt! Anyway, old Grump wouldn't be happy unless it was run on military lines ('Exemplo ducemus' - by example we lead!!) Trust that you, Ron and your beasties are all well too. Take care. Shirley & Robbie