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, 13 September 2015

The boys, Martins and Roger!

The weather has been pretty good again this week, a bit misty first thing some mornings but really warm when the sun gets up.  It's now making up for the rest of the dismal summer we've had in the north.  We decided to pen the boys this week to do a bit of nail clipping and get some cream on a couple of bald spots on Faro's legs.  We use long white sticks when we are directing the boys into the catch pen but the sight of the sticks is enough for them to start moving in the direction of the pen.  Here they are, having seen the white sticks being produced know that they will be going in the pen.  Fidget as always hangs back!
Some concerned faces from the pen - Fergus on the left, Fidget on the right, Fyta behind with Faro in the background.
Both Fidget and Fergus had nails clipped and both behaved reasonably well although by the look on Fidget's face he wasn't too enamoured of the experience.
Carrot time and Faro loves being hand fed!
Fidget having got over his nail clipping experience.  He is one of those alpacas with very black, oval shaped eyes but with a pink surround.
Couldn't blog this week and not mention the birdies - there are dozens of House Martins and some Swallows flying around our house at present and in the heat of the afternoon, sunbathing and cleaning themselves on the roof.  The air is full of chattering birds.   We only have one nest under the eaves but for some reason all the neighbouring Martins descend on us during the afternoon and evenings.  Lovely to see but they won't be with us for too much longer as they migrate south.  Not the best of photos but this is the south gable end of our house and you can see around a dozen birds flying about but there are loads more around the corner!  It's been a great summer for Martins and Swallows, we've had more visiting than ever before.
And finally...........introducing Roger Rabbit (or Woger Wabbit!) who is a big pal of the Grumpy Gardener, often to be found just a few feet from where the gardening is taking place.  Get the camera and he poses, get the 12 bore and he's nowhere to be found.  He likes blackcurrant bushes (too much!) so Grumps has spent the afternoon moving the  bushes so he can't get at them but Roger still appeared so that he could get his photo on the blog!


  1. Love the cheeky bunny....maybe as long as he doesn't tell all his friends about the rich picking at Tigh Mhor eh?!

    Your weather looks nice....showery here now!

  2. lovely blog...Grumps and Roger made me smile:)