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, 3 January 2016

Beet this.

A Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016 to all blog readers from Fergus, (left) Fyta, Fidget and Faro (and the humans of course!) 
We've had a mixture of all sorts of weather this week including a little dusting of the white stuff accompanied by frosts.   This is Fyta enjoying his sugar beet.
Faro (left) and Fidget also empty their bowls on a pretty chilly morning. Faro in particular loves beet during the winter but won't touch it during the warmer months.
The feeding line-up against the fence works for the boys but if it gets really icy the bowls have a tendency to slide down the hill - followed by the boys in pursuit!
Not sure if you will be able to magnify this shot enough but there are 5 out of our resident covey of 14 red-legged Partridges running down the track in the middle of the photo.  They are pretty shy birds and when a human appears they tend to run off in several directions.
And finally..............the Grumpy Gardener has been making the most of the generally mild weather over the past few weeks to get some more jobs done around the garden.  A total of 11 Gabions (wire baskets) were placed along the rockery and  filled with stones collected whilst digging the new veg plots - thats umpteen barrowloads all pushed uphill so the gardener was pretty grumped up by the end of that task!  His latest labour of love having dug the four new veg plots is to start edging them with wooden planks - thats 30 planks of 12 feet length.  Little wonder that the 'pacas in the adjoining paddock stand and stare!


  1. Wow! The Grumpy Gardener must be very pleased to see his work so nicely displayed...it's impressive!

    Your boys are very well disciplined each settled at their own bowl; we have a few that prefer to steal someone else's meal so require a guard to be on duty to send them back to their own dish to be sure everyone gets what they should!

    Happy New Year to you both with a productive veg patch as well!

  2. Happy New Year Rob & Shirley. The place is looking so smart...no mud!