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, 21 December 2014

Walkies and worms!

To all our blog readers!
We had  another welcome visit from friends Alison and Brendan this week, hoping to get a bit more practice in at alpaca handling.  First thing then is to get the herd into 'the alleyway' and direct them to the catch pen at the top.
As normal Gully has to drop a load of beans before he gets involved with any adventure training!  Fidget is standing next to him.
Now they are all in the catch pen, waiting and humming! From the left (front) Fyta, Fergus and Fidget with Gaucho and Gully at the rear.
Alison has an in depth conversation with Gully giving him very good reasons why he should be a good boy and "Walk on."   And it worked!
Wee Eck with the head collar sticking close to Gaucho and you can almost hear him saying, "Hey Gaucho big man, tell them I don't want to go walkies today!"
"He disnae wan tae go so he's no gonnae go! Beat it!"
And finally...........we had a visit yesterday from neighbours Kate and Derek with children Rebekah, Bella and Ben, all well wrapped up against a cold wind.  The boys appear more interested in Ben's hat but he got his own back and asked the question of the day as he held a wriggling specimen in his hand, "Do alpacas eat worms?!"  Nice one, well done Ben - hope you all enjoyed the 'paca experience.


  1. Happy Christmas Rob and Shirley x

  2. What a lovely post Shirley,...will keep me smiling till bedtime! By the way...do alpacas eat worms? Not sure, but they LOVE sprouts so that's what they lucky LGM alpacas will be having for their Christmas dinner!!