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, 5 July 2015

Tigh Mhor no more!

Like most people in UK we've experienced some interesting weather in the past week - everything from thunder and lightening and torrential rain to blistering heat for a couple of days.  During the week or so following shearing we're aware that the boys always seem to be a little more sensitive to touch etc when their fleece is removed.  They've spent many hours during daylight, all 4 in a field shelter sheltering either from the downpours or the heat of the sun.  They also seem sensitive to flying beasties too so lying in a field shelter with a dark roof probably helps to keep them at bay.  This is Fergus, looking slick this morning and struggling to get himself awake! 
As the human distributes the hay to the various buckets, Fyta (front) and Fergus decide to help themselves to supplies!
Faro breakfasts properly by using the hay buckets.
Not to be outdone, Fergus joins Faro for a bucketful!
And in the next paddock Fidget sits amongst the clover and buttercups enjoying the moment, on his own, just as he likes it.  We penned the boys during the week when we saw flies massing on a black spot on Fidget's back and gave the area a soaking in Maggot oil.  We know the dangers of fly-strike on animals so are always watchful at this time of year when they've lost the protection of their thick fleece.
 Down in the Steading it was 'fly the nest' day on Wednesday for these two young Swallows as Mum and Dad circled outside calling them and encouraging them to take to the wing.
And finally................'Tigh Mhor' sold and changed ownership on Friday to Sharon and Dave who will be lovely neighbours.  We'll still call our 4 boys 'Tigh Mhor Alpacas' as they are mostly in the same paddocks with our new house.  A last look at the Red Hot Pokers and Day Lillies just before the house was handed over. 


  1. Congratulations on selling the old house even if you do lose some of the lovely garden! Hope those boys manage to keep cool in the heat wave...our boys just laze around and the girls hardly leave the hangar where it's cool and shady!

  2. I like the 'wash basket' for hay distribution - neat.