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, 6 December 2015

Wintry weather once more.

We still had a covering of snow to contend with at the beginning of the week so sugar beet was on the menu for the boys.  They do like their beet when there is little or no grass to be had.
Fyta demonstrates how to empty a bowl successfully.  The beet we use is the pelleted sort which is soaked overnight to become mushy.
There is a down-side to sticking your nose in a bowl of mushy stuff though, as Fidget amply shows. 
By the end of the week the snow had disappeared and 'Desmond' paid a visit with gales and plenty of rain. We are always relieved during foul weather to see the boys make their way to a field shelter for some hay and lie-down which they did frequently this week.  We've been watching the TV  broadcasts of the serious flooding in Cumbria and Northumberland and we hope that Beckbrow Alpacas and Barnacre Alpacas with their owners Barbara and Debbie with the respective families and many alpacas, are safe and well.  This photo shows Faro galloping towards the supply of carrots on offer!
You'd think these guys were never fed as Faro and Fergus charge up and down the fence line waiting for the carrots.
And finally...........even Boris the bear got a covering of the white stuff.  The gale force winds don't bother him though, he's too heavy to move!


  1. Winter has certainly arrived in your neck of the woods! Boris looks like an interesting character....is it a pot of honey that he's holding?!

    1. Yep, it's a honey pot, Judi. We were also promised wooden bees to place on the pot and one to go on the end of Boris's nose - but the wood carver became very busy supplying his creations and we never did get them! Shame, but he's still got 'presence!' Shirley & Robbie