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, 28 April 2019

Spring clean.

Two old buddies - Fyta (front) and Faro.  These guys are never very far apart, where one goes - the other will follow.
The warm temperatures earlier in the week reduced Fergus to posing like a beached whale!  At one point he was sound asleep and only awoke after repeated name calling from close quarters.
Time for a change of field shelter again after a couple of months so that it can have a 'Spring clean!'  This is Faro looking into the newly re-opened shelter and considering a roll.
Now there are two as Fergus arrives to join Faro in the hope of a dusty roll.
And now there are three - and we all know what happens next..........
Mayhem!  Fergus and Fyta get rolling about whilst Faro gets his head into the hay bucket and throws that around! Soon there is dust everywhere and the boys are clearly loving it.
And finally.............the Gunnera was uncovered a couple of weeks ago following the winter after the worst frosts had passed.  The brown coloured 'crowns' are now beginning to sprout their leaves again and soon they will be bigger than golf umbrellas!


  1. Hello Shirley, those boys are still looking great! I see that Spring has arrived up there. We have just sheared, a little earlier than usual, and now it has become
    decidedly chillier! Love to you both.

  2. Hello Judy, Lovely to hear from you again - hope you and Ron are well. We're back to winter here so good job our shearing is still about 6 weeks away, surely it will be warmer by then? Hope your beasties are all OK - and Tut (we have peacocks locally now, don't they love to make a noise?! Take care of yourselves. Shirley & Robbie x