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, 11 October 2015

A plum job.

Another week of very reasonable weather, feels autumnal and the leaves are now dropping.  Through the late summer the boys have enjoyed raspberries but now comes a different fruit - plums! We only have a small plum tree planted a couple of years ago in the new garden but it has given a great fruit yield. This is not the sort of fruit an alpaca is likely to find up a south American mountain, but they enjoy them nevertheless.  This is Fyta helping himself to a bit of plum.  Faro is not too keen on them - he prefers apples and carrots (also not abundant up a mountain!)
There is no holding Fergus back and he will eat almost anything - he would eat plum jam on toast if it was offered!
Fidget can always be relied upon to pull a funny face for the camera. He looks as if he is winking with his left eye here but in fact we were just about to throw him a piece of plum and he winced.  He always winces if anything is thrown to him, he always has done ever since we've had him.  Interestingly, we've noticed that all the boys have difficulty in seeing a raspberry if it is thrown on the grass near them - no problems with carrots, apples or anything else, just raspberries.   Could it be that alpacas can't see the colour red (against a green background?)
Fyta -"Are you sure you are not hiding a plum in that camera Mister?"
After the plums, the boys decide on a rolling session and this is Faro as he is about to get on the ground.  The large pebbles are those left over from the recent drainage work we had carried out. 
Faro has rolled, Fyta is rolling on the ground, Fergus is nudging him out of the way so that he can roll and Fidget waits at the back of the queue for his turn.
Another busy week for the grumpy gardener who took advantage of the good weather and got the (very long and wide) hedge cut.
And finally................we planted around 30 Gladioli bulbs earlier this year but only one has so far flowered.  Several have formed flower heads but the flowers are still hidden.  The wet summer we have had in the north seems to have set all the plants back this year.


  1. I think you are right about alpacas not seeing red against the grass because ours love strawberries but, if I drop one, they struggle to find it and I'm sure that they use their sense of smell rather than seeing it! As you say, they never miss a bit of carrot though!

    You'll be pleased to have that hedge cut and looking great...we know what a big job hedge cutting can be!

  2. Strawberries and Raspberries?? Might those alpaca just be a tad indulged;)) haven't got pat carrots here!