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, 9 November 2014

Tip Toe through the mud!

Each morning over the past couple of weeks the boys move from their overnight paddocks into an adjoining 'rough' paddock.  They go to the gate automatically when Robbie appears in the morning and this is Faro leading the way as always, waiting to go through.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of rain we have had recently the path between the paddocks has become very muddy and whilst some of the boys walk/run through it with no problem, some are reluctant to get their tootsies wet! Fergus in the foreground and Rufus have no problems with mud and walk across.
Gully on the other hand is always dubious about this boggy land and tip-toes across like someone walking and trying not to get their shoes wet!
Gully is across and now only Fidget to go.  Being a heavier boy he sinks a couple of inches in the mud and is normally less than impressed with the idea of moving paddocks!
All safely across, so time for heads down and some grazing the rough stuff!
This photo of Fergus was taken at sunset at the end of another very rainy day.  He does have a second ear by the way!
And finally...........the birds are enjoying the Sorbus berries (foreground) and the holly berries behind.  There won't be any left by December at this rate.


  1. I think several pairs of tartan wellies should be on the boys Christmas list... then they could leave them at one or other side of the gate to get maximum usage?! We have a couple of Diva's who don't do rain, mud or anything vaguely uncomfortable but they are all girls...our boys are less sensitive!

  2. Most of ours are fuss pots and don't like getting muddy in winter...but that's the way I like it!