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 May 2016

Ne'er cast a cloot.........

Three of the boys on the slope of one of the rough paddocks, from the left Fidget, Fergus and Fyta.  They like running up the slope - all except Fidget that is who experiences gravitational pull backwards on slopes due to his weight!
Fergus on his way downhill.  These pics were taken earlier in the week when the weather was really dismal, wet and with a very cold wind.
The cold wind required the humans to be well wrapped up but the boys have adequate fleece at present to keep them nice and warm.
Faro doing his own thing, keeping an eye on the human with the camera.
Fyta, well fleeced up against the cold wind which was blowing into his face - thus the 'cool' top knot!
Today we made the three hour drive south to Dunblane to attend the AGM of the Scottish Alpaca Group.  These are a few of the lovely alpaca owners and breeders we met there.  Lovely to have met you all - thanks for an interesting meeting.  Come and see us if you are in the Inverness area folks.
And finally................this strange looking plant in the garden is in fact a Gunnera.  The Grumpy Gardener has recently uncovered the crowns from a protective cover after the winter and some of the leaves are beginning to push upwards already.  This plant grows huge so we'll post a photo when that happens.

1 comment:

  1. How nice to meet up with other alpaca folks even if it was a 3 hour drive.

    Hope that gunnera gets some sunshine now although I can make out a few new shoots there already!