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, 15 September 2019

Autumn has arrived.

Fergus - still limping around the paddocks after his accident 7 weeks ago, but getting on OK and grazing well.
If there is one thing that Fergus hates it's if another alpaca comes close to him when he's eating his carrots!  This is the result - Fergus indicating to Fyta to move away or he will spit!
All three boys are normally quite happy grazing alongside each other however.  Fyta is in the background and Faro is in the middle.
We've had gales for most of this week and horizontal rain yesterday, but sometimes the sun appears and it gets hot for the boys.
This looks like the middle of the night but in fact it's only 8.00pm, Fergus photographed as the boys' paddock is being closed up for the night.
Another windy day as indicated by the raspberry bushes blowing about and with Faro keeping an eye on the human taking the photos!
This is the last large flower on any of the Buddleia bushes around our garden and the Peacock butterfly is making good use of it!  The Swallows and House Martins have all flown south now - hope to see them again next Spring.
And finally...........success with his runner beans for the Grumpy Gardener.  He hasn't been as lucky with his brassicas - the caterpillars have won this year!


  1. Poor Fergus. Do hope he's soon running around again!
    We too are still enjoying runner beans, maybe only for another few weeks as the long hot spell is taking its toll! We really need some rain over here....maybe this weekend?! Love to you and your boys from over here! X

  2. It will be a long haul for Fergus, but he is getting there, Judi. We've had a wet summer here in the north so plenty of grass to cut and lots of growth on hedges and bushes. Shorter days and cooler temperatures now. Hope you are both keeping well, and your besties of course - take care. Shirley & Robbie