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, 5 June 2016

Woodleigh Lodge Alpacas and more!

To Woodleigh Lodge Alpacas near Inverness on Monday to see Wendy and Paul and their beasties.  This is Dottie and she's almost one year old and so called because when she was born she only had one 'dot' of white behind one heel.  Now though she's grown more white dots and she's a lovely girl.
Also present are Babe (left) and stud Sam with Pru in the background in the other paddock.  Babe is due to give birth any time now so there are high levels of excitement at Woodleigh Lodge.

Sam and Babe looking at Dottie in the next paddock.  Wendy and Paul also have chickens and a fish stocked pond which attracts Herons unfortunately.  Lovely to see you again folks, thanks for the hospitality (the Grumpy Gardener is still enjoying the cake!) and see you on shearing day at the end of the month.
Another day, another camera! We've been having difficulty with our old digital camera recently so bought another little one mainly for the blog photos.  Here are the 4 boys in the rough paddock, from the left Fidget, Fyta, Fergus and Faro.
These photos were taken in the evening as the sun was dipping and the boys are being led (middle of the picture) to their overnight paddock. In the foreground is the current layout of the new garden with Grumpy's veg plots.  Nearest plot has onions and leeks, next one with the canes is for peas and beans, the next one for cabbage, cauliflowers with a couple of rows of Swedes and the furthest away has early, 2nd early and main crop tatties - and a row of parsnips.  All we need now is for the sun to keep shining to give us some growth.
The boys looking for some hay before bed.  From the left, Fidget, Fyta in front looking into the hay bag, Fergus behind and Faro.
Fergus getting a neck rub and being told that he's a "very good boy!"  Fidget is behind, watching but not interested in neck rubs!
And finally.....................we have loads of small bunches of this flower around the garden crevices.  They are called Erinus and have a lovely, tiny purple flower.  We brought them with us from a previous garden to our last house and after nearly 20 years there, brought some up the track to the new house.  They spread easily but do not flower for long.


  1. lynn@mail.postmanllc.net

  2. Those veggie plots are looking pristine..well done to the Grumpy Gardener!

    Great photos with the new camera!