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, 26 July 2015

Making faces - and a giant Lily!

I'm never sure whether Fidget (front) is pulling faces when his photo is taken but he always manages to put on an open-mouthed look!  Behind him on the skyline is Faro, tail up as usual.  We've had lots of rain again this week so the boys have enjoyed rolling about and getting dirty.
See what I mean - Fidget at it again!  Of course he is chewing as usual, and if it's not grass or hay, it's the cud which is getting masticated.
Faro, much better than he was this time last week but still not 100%.  He's still looking a bit thinner than usual, he's grazing well now but turning his nose up at his daily supplement most afternoons.
Feed time yesterday afternoon with Fyta (left), Fergus (centre) and Fidget.  Faro is in the distance having walked away from his bowl without even trying his feed.
Those of you who have followed this blog over the years may remember the Cardiocrinum Giganteum (Giant Himalyan Lily) which we planted and which grew to over 8 feet in height before displaying it's 'trumpet' flowers.  In the intervening years it has only grown to about two feet each year so we moved it to the new house a couple of years ago to see how it would fare.  Although it has grown to just under six feet this year it has now put on a splendid display of blooms, accompanied by a heavy scent.
And finally............a close up of those trumpets which only appear every few years!


  1. What an amazing lily...wish you could put smell on your blog! Never seen one like that...even in the Himalyas!

    Hope Faro continues to improve...extra carrots required?!