Silbury’s Diary

Hello All,

A late Spring at our farm in Herefordshire this year. It’s cold at night and we llamas often wake up with a thick covering of frost on us. We don’t really mind – it’s just that the next day it takes ages for the grass to de-frost so we can have breakfast.

Our latest treks have involved meeting new people and going to new places. We’ve been up to Ewyas Harold Castle recently with Irene and Sid. This is really interesting as it is well known we llamas like to
play ‘King of the Castle’. Now, we didn’t actually climb up the castle ourselves as it is covered in trees and undergrowth, but we walked all around it and were able to get some quality tasty munching in. Tasty!

One llama trek saw us covered in snow! Usually it’s just some of the girls who are a white colour, but this day everyone was. All five boys were out and we took a brisk walk around the village and over Ewyas Harold Common. Jane and Phil, Lyn and Winford accompanied us and we went right up onto the top of the common. Fantastic!

Two of us have managed to injure our faces. Me? I got too interested in some branches the other day, and they were sharper than I thought. I sliced my lip and it hurt a bit. But the two legs spotted this and tried to have a closer look. Well, I know they were trying to help, but it’s very difficult for a sensitive llama like me to put up with a blue spray being squirted onto his nose. It became quite a game as our
people tried to spray me and I decided I didn’t want a blue snout. Took them four attempts, ha ha ha.

Now mine was just a little slice and you really couldn’t see it after three days or so, but poor Avebury got himself into a bit of a mess when (no one knows how), he ended up with a fold of flesh and skin hanging off one nostril. There was talk of attempting to stitch him up again, but the two legs called in the vet who said it wasn’t worth it as Avebury wasn’t a handsome llama like me and what’s the point!!! – MY interpretation, OR the flesh wouldn’t re-attach and he’d end up with a
little dead bit on the end of his nose which would probably drop off in a month or two – two-legs view.

Well, Avebury did look soft – it was like a great big bogey on his nose – but I felt sorry for him, and after he’d been given the nose spray treatment he started to forget about it. They do say that llamas are pretty resilient to infection, and this meant we were able to prevent our cuts going all nasty on us – Hurrah!

More news from Old King Street Farm soon.

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