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Silbury's Diary - 08-12-08

Heard a funny thing the other day from our people. Apparently the four things that a two-leg has to really look out for to protect the splendid llama from

Bad Things are:

1 Heat Stress.  (Oh yeh, right.  Not this year?);

2 Valley Fever, especially in the monsoon season. (That's more like it!);

3 Rattlesnake bites.  (You what?);

4 Oleander bushes.  Hmmm, not sure what they are, but they sound interesting.

This goes to show that there is a lot of information spread about us llamas by well-meaning two-legs that is not always useful and sometimes way off the mark. The person who told our people about these four great plagues lives in a land far, far away, and didn't understand that here at Old King Street Farm we don't have excessive heat, monsoons, rattlesnakes and poisonous oleanders.

I'm sure they meant well, but really, local conditions and situations vary from place to place.


The youngsters are growing and getting stronger. Croft Ambrey is over 6 months old and looks like a perfectly proportioned miniature llama. Kennett and Merrivale still have cria-like characteristics but they're
growing up.  Sometimes, I have to point out to Kennett that I'd rather it if he didn't stand quite so close to me, and Brodgar has been surprised on a couple of occasions when Merrivale has cuddled up close to him.  Who'd have thought that would happen?

Last weekend was cold and there was a heavy frost, but this meant we could see for miles from the top of Ewyas Harold Common.  We escorted Laura and Andrew up there because they didn't know the way. At first, there was some bartering between the two-legs as they both wanted to llama trek with me.  This is very sensible.  I'm the oldest and most experienced trekking llama at the farm, and even though I don't like being patted on the neck, I do enjoy the walk and kick out my legs joyfully as we stroll along.

Brodgar set a steady pace at the front - he really has picked up the idea of leading very well (he had a good teacher in me) and then Stenness hummed quietly to Andrew, and I brought up the rear with Laura (who had won the battle to trek with me - Ha!).

The bracken was the same glorious colour as me and as we walked, white woolies emerged from the undergrowth and scampered off to be with their
flock.  The ground was frozen and easier to walk on than when it's muddy.  Where the Common opens out at the highest point, we stopped so the two-legs could rest and take pictures of:

Laura with me;
Andrew with Stenness;
Laura, Andrew, Stenness and me;
Laura, Andrew, Stenness, Brodgar and me.
And, Repeat.

We must be the most photographed llamas in the world.

Then home again, taking care to avoid overheating, valley fever, rattlesnakes and oleanders.  Well, I don't know what oleanders are, but we do always take care to avoid the yew trees on our walks.  Yew is
poisonous and the yew trees near Ewyas Harold church must be avoided, so our people are always very careful with us.

Back home again where I snorted happily at Ringsbury.  When Laura and Andrew released us, we were allowed into one of the fields we haven't been in for months and this is very exciting.  Kennett and Merrivale had never seen this field before so they ran around the fence-line whilst we watched them.  We started to eat again and said goodbye to our new
two-leg friends.

More llama chat soon.  Apparently - we're going on a Christmas llama trek again, so watch this space...