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 November 2017

A dusting of snow.

Nail trimming was the order of the day for the two white boys earlier in the week. The other two boys, Faro and Fyta don't need nail trimming so regularly as the two boys, Fergus and Fidget.
Fidget does not like anyone touching his feet so will always 'cush' down when approached in the pen.  We've found that by putting on his halter and bringing him out of the small pen he is less worried.
De-sensitizing the legs by stroking seems to work too and after several minutes we were able to get his nails trimmed.
It's been a lovely day today, snow on the hills but the sun has been out all day whilst the boys enjoyed some apples.
Fyta has also been very interested in the contents of the Grumpy Gardener's best friend - his wheelbarrow!
A long range shot of the boys soaking up the sun whilst in the distance, the first dusting of snow this year appeared overnight on the mountains - this one being Ben Wyvis.
And finally............couldn't resist this shot of the seasonal colours of the beech leaves on the road near our house.


  1. Just caught up with your last few posts! You are very diligent in keeping up with those posts! Lovely to see those boys and your wonderful garden looking fantastic! We could do with your grumpy gardener over here if you ever give him his marching orders!!
    Lets hope that warm weather continues for a bit longer!

    1. Hi Judi, Nice to hear from you, hope you and Ron re keeping OK and that you especially are feeling better. Yep, boys are getting fleeced up for winter now - they need it today as it's arctic out there! Won't mention sunny France to the gardener, he may just up-sticks! Take care of yourselves. Shirley & Robbie