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, 14 June 2015


Different cameras and phones being used this week for the blog so hope the images are not too blurred.  The temperature went up considerably for a couple of days midweek, then dropped like a stone on Saturday!  The water trays were much used during the hot spell, Fidget is in the background soaking in one tray and Fyta is hogging the nearer tray!  Fergus is lying next to Fyta just waiting for an opportunity to get into the tray when he moves!
Same photo of Fyta and Fergus but from a different angle showing Faro using the water trough next to them.
If there is one thing that Faro likes on a hot day it is cold water brushed under his chin and on top of his nose - and the Grumpy Gardener is happy to oblige!  Faro also has a habit in the heat of 'dunking' his top knot in either the tray or the trough with the result that the water runs off over his nose and face.
Mid-week saw the tractor mower getting used to top the grass on the boys' toileting areas where the grass grows thick and long if left unattended.  Faro (left) and Fyta are in the foreground.  We also took a trip up to Easter Ross to see friends Alison and Brendan who now have the four boys Gully, Gaucho, Rufus and Wee Eck.  All are in good form and are now awaiting the shearer in a couple of weeks.  Unfortunately the couple of photos we took of the visit appear to have been lost in cyber space so we can't show them.
A funny thing happened early on Friday morning as Robbie went to feed and water the boys.  We have lots of rabbits around this year and one in particular has taken a fancy to being near the boys.  Robbie was amazed to see Fergus lying in the sand pit with the rabbit lying on the middle of his back.  No camera handy, just an 'old boy's' mobile phone to grab a quick photo, but unfortunately it is not very clear.
Robbie wanted to get closer for another photo but a delivery van suddenly arrived at the gate.  The rabbit got off Fergus's back and sat under his neck as can be seen above.  A second later and Fergus looked down at the rabbit and their noses touched - now that would have been a good photo!
And finally.............we said a sad farewell yesterday to wee Otis the Shetland pony and his big pal Eric the pony.  Julia (left), Liam and mum Kerry came to collect them at the end of their holiday with us.  We've enjoyed their company as they are a couple of characters and so different in nature to the alpacas.

1 comment:

  1. Love the photos of the rabbit with Fergus, what a pity Robbie didn't have his proper camera! It's still lovely to see and truly quite amazing! Maybe Fergus lies so still that the rabbit thought he was just a cosy pile of fur....of course now you can't have him sheared as the rabbit wont have such a cosy bed!