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, 8 November 2015

A visit and a talk.

Yesterday we drove north to see friends Alison and Brendan and their growing herd of boys at Portmahomack near Tain.   They had three of their own, have recently acquired another two from Ruilick Alpacas and are looking after a further two for a while -  a real mixture of colours and ages and all getting on famously together.  From the left are Gully, Eck, Archie, Merlin, Chocolate, Flynn and Rufus.
We were entertained for some time by the boys having a bit of 'rough and tumble' - all except Rufus, who being a more mature chap, prefers to eat his grass and keep out of the way!
Time for a chase around the paddock with a bit of neck wrestling thrown in, and with wee Archie in the thick of it behind Chocolate at the front.
Looks like a bit of a scrum here and Archie is still in the middle somewhere.  Eck is doing a flanking movement on the left before jumping into the melee.
Now the big boys show how it's done with Gully (left) and Merlin sizing up to each other.  It was really good to see the boys mixing and playing so well together Alison and Brendan - just got to get your Muscovey Ducks to do what they are told now and go to bed on time eh?
Earlier in the week we had been invited to give a talk on alpacas to the Muir of Ord, Ross-shire WI meeting.  It was lovely to meet the 22 members who attended.  Thank you for the interesting questions ladies - and of course for the tea and home bakes!
And finally...............always providing a splash of colour at this time of year are various bunches of Nerines spread around the garden.

1 comment:

  1. It must be great to be able to catch up with your old boys from time to time! They look as though they are enjoying life with their new playmates!