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.

Monday, 4 February 2019

'Beet' the freeze!

Still having very low overnight temperatures here although thankfully there is no depth of snow. Time for sugar beet 'elevenses' for the boys!
Faro just about to eat his beet. There is some grass showing through the snow but it is frozen solid so it can't be very comfortable for the boys to eat.
Another day, another photo.  Fergus in front of the other two boys wondering if there are any more carrots to munch!
You can see the anticipation in their faces as the human approaches with a dish of chopped up carrots and apples.
And finally..........the hardy Daffodils are pushing up through the frozen ground.  Nice to see and a reminder that we are, eventually, getting through the winter so roll on Spring.


  1. Hello Shirley, just ooppted in to catch up on your blog abd was sad to read that you have recently lost Fidget. We all dread having to tajt these decisions and it must have been very sad for you both, as well as for Fidgets paddock mates.
    Some of our alpacas are quite old now, one is 16 this year and snanoth 15. We know the day will conc but try not to think about it.
    Fidget had a great life up there in the wilds of Scotland, great carers and companions. RIP Fidget.
    Love and hugs xxxx

  2. Whoops ..sorry about funny spelling!!

    1. Hi Judi, thanks for that and yes, Fidget is missed by all of us but we console ourselves in the knowledge that he has had a good life here. Hope your beasties all stay well and healthy for as long as possible too. Hope you are well, and Ron, and looking forward to the arrival of Spring. We certainly are! Take good care. Shirley & Robbie x