Many regular readers will recall that I celebrated a big birthday back in February. Instead of a gift I wanted to do something different and my husband gave me money for a Llama walk. It is only just now, many months later, that we have got around to arranging it!
So on the second day of our short break around Sidmouth we went for a walk with these lovely llamas Eric and Golly - aren't they gorgeous? Maggie from Walking with Llamas owns these beautiful animals and taught us how to greet Llamas and handle them on the walk. It was a privilege to gain their acceptance and they allowed us to stroke their long soft necks. Has anyone ever used llama wool? Although it is soft like an alpacas it is more difficult to spin as they also have some coarse hairs.
Llamas are very inquistive and have to check out everything around them including the hedgerows, sheep and fields. We are accustomed to that with having a westie! On the way back they discovered some hawthorn berries which they particularly enjoyed.
At the top of the hill Eric and Gollie were given a treat and we were greeted with this spectacular vista with distant views to Dartmoor and across the sea to the cliffs at Dawlish. The red Devon soil is so unique and looked stunning below us in the fields that had been recently ploughed.
We couldn't have choosen a better day for our walk!
As we walked back to the farm our route took us along an old smuggling path (sorry I was too busy talking to take a picture!) Those old smugglers would have been astonished to have come across such an unusual creature! Over the past five years we have come across more and more llamas and alpacas on walks in the Dorset countryside.Do you come across any where you live too? Their popularity has apparently spread from America.
It was a wonderful and relaxing experience to spend time with these gentle and beautiful animals, so thank you Maggie for making this possible and also to my husband for my fantastic birthday present - it was unforgettable.
Have you ever walked anything unusual? Twinkle our cat will occasionally decide to come on walks with us and Daisy. It always looks strange walking a dog with a cat running alongside! If you have enjoyed any unusual birthday treats too, I would love to hear about them.
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