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, 17 September 2017

A drizzly week.

We've had rain every day this week, sometimes torrential down-pours then sometimes heavy drizzle.  The boys take off to a field shelter when the rain gets too much, lie down and chew the cud for a bit.  Here they are under yet another threatening sky.
Fergus (front) with Fidget behind.  Our two white boys don't look quite so white when they are wet and rolling about in the mud!
Faro (left) and Fyta, never far away from each other as they are best pals.  Well almost, until feed time when Fyta tries to pinch Faro's feed and things get a bit snappy.
Earlier in the week the rain was even more persistent with everything grey and dark - like Winter - brrrrr!
We had a nice visit from Robbie's school friend Sandy (left) who always manages to pay a visit when he makes the annual pilgrimage 'home' from America.
And finally................these are a type of apple called 'Katy' which have deep red skins.  Unfortunately we have a couple of young deer roaming around the area during the evening and overnight - and they do like Katy apples! Nice to see the Autumn colours coming on in the garden again.  The House Martins and Swallows have left for warmer climes already and lots of geese are flying high to their wintering areas.


  1. Hello Shirley...it's been a while since I caught up with your posts so it's great to see those boys still looking so well! Those Katy apples are a wonderful colour...bet the boys would enjoy them too...if the deer don't pinch the lot!!

  2. Hi Judy, good to hear from you again. It's been a good year for soft fruit here - as the boys can testify. Take care. Shirley & Robbie