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, 29 November 2015

Keep eating, boys!

In one corner of the field shelter are Fyta (left) and Faro enjoying their hay and haylage first thing in the morning.  It's interesting that the boys have their same feeding routine, they each go to the same bucket/basket to start with, then when they've eaten their own share they will go looking for more in other buckets if they are still hungry.
In the opposite corner are Fergus (front) with Fidget behind and Fidget is always at the back with his bucket. The other three boys are often to be seen lying in the doorway, facing outwards, chewing the cud and Fidget is always at the back facing his bucket and chewing!
Mid-week and we visited Killearnan church hall on the Black Isle to give an alpaca talk to the Killearnan Tuesday Club where 16 members attended.  They were a lovely audience who asked some interesting questions about alpacas.  The greater number of the audience are shown above, sorry that the Grumpy Gardener couldn't get you all in on the one shot, folks!  Thank you for inviting us and for the coffee and pancakes!
We've had a further dusting of snow during the last couple of days, pretty wet stuff making the boys look very dirty.  Carrots were on offer today and this is Fidget guarding a couple of slices.
Guess who has had his head in the mud?  Fergus looking like he has been chasing worms again but pleased with his new hair style.
Faro loves carrots and swedes and will carry on eating pieces when the others get fed up of it.
And finally...................I believe that this is a multi-layered toadstool (poisonous) growing out of a tree stump, but can't seem to identify it from any of our reference books.  Answers on a post card please........!


  1. Oh to have some more snow instead of days of relentless rain over the Border. Hope the storm passed you by without event last night.

  2. I've had a look in my French mushroom book and think your mushroom is Armellarialla melea. Grows Autumn and Winter so timing is right! If it is this one then it can be eaten but should be cooked for at least 15 minutes. It says it is very tasty! The down side is that it is feeding from the roots of the tree next to it and could kill it!

    1. You are right Judi - take a bow! The photo in our book of the Armillaria Mellea (Honey Fungus) looks nothing like it but Googling it has confirmed it to be the one. It is edible but is also a serious and destructive parasite of trees.........ooops! Thanks. Shirley & Robbie