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, 4 August 2019

Fergus and a 'Painted Lady.'

Fergus (left) is still struggling with his injured left leg but is managing to get about the paddock better than he was.  Here he is (left) eating his hay whilst his pals Fyta (middle) and Faro are nearby.
Here is Fergus having managed to limp over to the poo pile!  You can see that he is holding up his left, injured, leg.
We have been surprised at how much attention Faro and Fyta have been giving to Fergus, lying down next to him in the shelter and never straying very far from him.
Fergus enjoys his daily piece of carrot which is what is in the bowl.  He is also grazing now, both whilst standing up or lying down, so that is good.
All three boys like getting into the sand pit, especially on a warm day and Fergus seems particularly pleased to be in there with his pals.
Taken yesterday about 8.00pm after we had collected 29 bales of hay from Tomich Farm Shop at Beauly.  Karen and Dave who own the shop and farm have 7 alpacas and a variety of small animals on their 'children's animal farm'.  Fergus and Fyta can be seen in the adjoining paddock, more interested in the musical sounds coming from the nearby 3 day Belladrum Tartan Heart festival than the arrival of their winter feed!
And finally............ a couple of days of strong sunshine has brought the Buddleia into flower and attracted different types of bees and swarms of the 'Painted Lady' butterflies.


  1. Just popped into your blog, Shirley, to see how those boys are doing! Poor Fergus, glad he's on the mend. It's always a worry when someone is poorly. He's lucky to have his good pals around for moral support!Love from us all over here. X

  2. Hi Judi, nice to hear from you. Hope you are both well, and your beasties of course. Fergus is making progress, but it is slow and it will take him a long time to get over this, poor chap! Miserable weather here, more rain than sun. Should live in France eh?! Take care, Shirley & Robbie x