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, 10 March 2019

Dropping temperatures this week.

Faro (left), Fergus and Fyta behind, on the lookout for titbits as usual.  There must be carrots somewhere! The boys have been having their Verm-X granules in their feed this week.
Happy bunnies!  The threatening skies behind the boys hold hail and sleet which has been falling regularly this week.
The boss of everything he surveys!  Faro overlooking the veg plots and Keder greenhouse with Fergus and Fyta in the background.
Last week I couldn't up-load the photos of the boys enjoying themselves rolling in the dust as the Grumpy Gardener was cleaning our their shelter.
Here's another photo of the activities which the boys really enjoy.  They become covered in dust then they stay out in the pouring rain and the dust washes off - perhaps this is a way of cleaning their fleece, who knows?
And finally..............the first couple of bright green shoots of the Giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum Giganteum) have started to appear, the main one is in the middle of last year's dead plant and the other is below it in the photo. The stem which grows to over 8 feet tall is a hollow tube and the remainder of last year's dead stem can be seen.  The plant dies back completely over winter then the new main stem starts it's remarkable growth which supports large trumpet-like flowers in the summer.


  1. Hello Shirley, just popped in to see what has been happening up there! Good to see the boys are well. Ours also love to roll but the dust works its way deep into the fleeces...much to the disdain if our shearer!!
    Love to you both xxx

  2. Hi Judi, nice to hear from you, hope you and Ron are keeping well. Slowly getting through winter here but still getting plenty of stormy weather, wind and rain but not so much snow this year. Soon be Spring then it will not be long to shearing time - again! Both well this end. Take care of yourselves - and your beasties. Love, Shirley & Robbie x