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, 20 May 2018

Nail trim time.

At the beginning of the week we decided to cut Fergus's nails as they grow so quickly.  They will be cut again in several week's time when the shearer arrives, but as Fergus has the 'curly' type of nails we thought a trim was necessary.  Nothing quite like being told that you are a good boy, is there Fergus? 
He was such a good boy that he was quite happy to stay in the catch pen after the trimming whilst his three pals waited outside for him.

So after a nail trimming there is nothing quite like a foot bath.  Having ejected Fidget (left), Fergus gets into the tray for a bit of a soak.
Any type of water activity will attract the other boys, so Fergus gets ejected, Fyta gets in and Faro keeps an eye on the proceedings.
A nice photo of Faro taken in the evening just as the shadows begin to fall.  The boys had their monthly Verm-X granules in their feed this week and Faro is not too keen on them at all.
And finally....................this Berberis shrub is in full bloom at present, giving plenty of colour.


  1. It's been a llon while since I visited your blog, lots to catch up now! Glad to see those boys are all doing well. Hope the same goes for you Shirley...as well as the " Grumpy Gardener"!

    1. Hello Judi, lovely to hear from you and hope you are keeping well these days - and Ron too of course. Hope you've still got all your bonnie beasties and that they are well too. All well this end. Enjoy your summer - don't work too hard! Shirley & Robbie