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, 1 September 2019

A wet start to the day.

Early morning in the field shelter after pouring rain overnight.  The boys stay in the shelter if it is heavy rain so they are nice and dry!  Fyta (left) Faro and Fergus wait for the human to fill up their hay buckets again for breakfast.
A picture taken from inside the shelter with rain still falling outside.  The boys will finish their hay before venturing out to get wet! We've had heavy downpours during this week.
Fyta (front) and Faro - the 'dynamic duo', always up to a bit of mischief and chasing each other around the paddocks.  They have different natures from Fergus who is much less energetic although all three boys are the same age.
A familiar pose from Faro who, if he is disturbed during his hay munching, will stand like this with a mouthful of hay!
Fergus - gradually getting more mobile after his leg injury.  He still limps badly but gets around all the paddocks now, following the other two boys and grazing well.  He's a lovely boy.
A feature of the weather this week has been the gales and when this happens the boys tend to lie down in a hollow in the paddock below our house. Alpaca owners will be familiar with the 'burnt' grass area around the poo piles, seen here at top right.
And finally..........part of the Grumpy Gardener's haul of onions this summer which is better than he expected.  They are laid out in the garage to dry before being hung from the rafters over winter.  The varieties are 'Red Baron' (front) and 'Sturon'.

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