Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Trekking with Llamas

Last year our Norfolk daughter and her husband enjoyed an unusual holiday in the Black Mountains of Herefordshire.  Old King Street Farm has good holiday cottages with the option of trekking with Llamas or just exploring the beautiful countryside.  If you don’t fancy the trekking I can vouch for the tranquillity one experiences from simply gazing at them grazing in the field.  We did that when we visited Cricket St Thomas last summer (see May 2012)’

At the bereavement group yesterday Veronica talked about colour therapy and how – when she was suffering from depression after the death of both parents in rapid succession, just staring at intense colours for long periods gave her solace.  She took us through an exercise imagining all shades of yellow.  Oddly having just come out from under a dark cloud my mind, was misbehaving and jaundice and liver damage came to mind.  I did enjoy the imagining tasting things lemony and later Joy and I had lunch at the Bistro, with a freshly baked lemon meringue pie which was delectable.  I do remember being transfixed by the beauty of fields of a heavenly blue (flax?) on the Isles of Greece.

Back to the llamas: below you will see photos D.V. of Jane and Malcolm with Belas Knap (Jane’s) and Tintagel (Malcolm’s).  The llamas were  just babies when they visited last year and are still young to be trekking but both J and M have years of experience with all kinds of animals and the owner asked them if they would escort the llamas on their solo – sans other llamas – outing.
All 15 members of the herd are name after archaeological sites.

Jane said:
I forgot to mention that baby llamas are called crias and that there were 2 more - just a few weeks
 old - very cute:)
Llamas are very stately and tend to look superior- ly at you.
Contrary to popular belief , well trained ones don't spit (well only the girls and only at each
They have different characters and find their place in the herd accordingly.
Once weaned the young ones choose a mentor from among the older llamas from whom they learn.
Belas Knap has chosen Brodgar, the llama I trekked with last year.  He has won various rosettes at county shows but I don't expect Belas Knap knows that!
We will definitely be going back...
Once Malcolm loads his photos I will send you pictures of the new crias.


I believe one of the llamas has a blogJ

Photos below




Guyana-Gyal said...

What unusual things I've learnt today...llamas and Black Mountains in Herefordshire, trekking with llamas. The trekking is something I'd love to do.

rashbre said...

Its reminds me of the old joke:

What do you get if you stand between two llamas?


I won't give up the day job.

LL Cool Joe said...

That Tintagel looks really cheeky to me! :D Girls spitting at one another? Sounds about right! :D

OldLady Of The Hills said...

They are so sweet looking. Very dear faces....I have always felt an affinity to Llama's even though I have never met one, really close up!
A lovely Trek, my dear Pat...!

Very interesting about Color....I absolutely relate!

Z said...

The colour exercise wouldn't work for me at all. Smells, perhaps or music - but it's all so personal, isn't it?

Z said...

I mean, of course, personal to the individual's feelings, not personal in the sense of not sharing what you feel. I think that's immensely helpful.

Pat said...

GG: me too:)

Rashbre: well it made me giggle.

Naomi: they look so gentle and dignified.

Joey: did I spit as a girl? I do hope not but fear I may have - obviously before I understood about hygiene etc.

Z: I think you have to be in a receptive frame of mind and I wasn't that particular day.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Do llamas respond to being hugged? Yes, I'm a terrible softy towny ponce....

Pat said...

Gadjo: not sure. I wouldn't do it on a first date.

Mage said...

I do color therapy every day. :)

We do have a llama farm in our area, and the owners truck them to the weekly markets for the children to ride.

Beautiful pictures. :)

lom said...

Purple does it for me, when I stop and really look at it I become so relaxed it's as if I am floating.
The llamas are so cute, I would love to read their blog.

Lovely photos as ever.

Pat said...

LOM: follow the link
- see it at base of post.
when you get there click on 'A llama writes' and she tells you about giving birth to her baby cria.

Pat said...

Mage: I'm not surprised you do colour therapy - your blog has some intense colours and is therapy in itself.

Marjolein said...

This sounds like fun!

Pat said...

Marjolein: yes - as long as they are as gentle as they look.

lom said...

Thanks pat