New for Summer 2020: What have we been up to? The Llama Lodge is nearly complete! It’s private shower room looks superb! There will be no LLAMA dramas, with the brand new kitchen installed. (read more below…) Llama Farmer Academy! ~ We will soon be …
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We are excited for Summer 2020! Loire Valley Llama Farm Stay re-opens on 1st April 2020 for Glamping in the Lotus Belle Tents, Luxury in the Llama Lodge and stop overs in the Old Barn Rooms.
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We offer a variety of comfortable and quirky accommodation. Whether you opt for the Llama Lodge, converted from the ancient wine press, enjoying its own kitchenette and private shower; or prefer to glamp in one of our thoughtfully positioned luxury belle tents with proper beds, Egyptian cotton bedding and solar power; or maybe a stay in one of the two comfortable rooms in the old barn. Whichever you chose, it is likely that you will find yourself spending relaxed evenings, warmed by the fire pit and overlooked by the starry skies of the Vallee du Loir.
There is not much missing from our life on our Llama Farm, but there has been something that I haven’t been able to put my finger on. It’s been bugging me since we first moved to the farm in June last year. It was on the long list of jobs in my head that needed to be done, but has always been forgotten when pen and paper are handy. I do love a good to do list!
The llamas have settled in wonderfully in the 6 months since they arrived, the area that they have, has steadily grown as we have bought more gates and extended the fencing. They started with the field they share with the chickens and the area behind the barn where they poop, then we soon added the end of the potager so they could have a dust bath, followed by the field that overlooks our garden, and they have now pretty much taken over and have the top field with the Ancient Nouzillard Chestnut Trees, the middle field and the bottom fields where they have created a sand spa, known as “The Spa”
They really have created a spa and even queue up to use it! “The Spa” is a disused stable, its a bit small for our herd and quite a distance from a tap and where the hay is delivered, it has a floor of sand. We first realised what the llamas where up to, when we were out walking the dogs and heard banging. It sounded like building type banging. Puzzled by what was causing the noise we went to investigate, well. The llamas had formed an orderly queue outside the stable, I kid you not, llamas are exceptional at queuing, and were then taking it in turns to use the sand floor as a dust bath, “taking it in turns” was not quite so orderly and I have video evidence of Portia spitting at Orion because he thought it was his turn, silly boy! However, Llamas are not silly you know, “The Spa” is undercover so stays dusty in winter whereas the potager is now a bit muddy from the rain… adapt and survive! – let me know if you want to see the video, I think it’s hilarious.
Anyway, I digress. Last week, whilst looking through the many sites I follow relating to llamas, I realised what has been missing from the llamas list of must haves. A mound, a hill, something for these majestic creatures to stand on whilst they survey their kingdom. Everyone knows llamas need a mound!
As luck would have it, we have a natural mound that is behind the old presse, covered in brambles, but nonetheless a mound. Following a few days hard graft, the mound is now a prickle free zone and the llamas really love it. We can see that the llamas love it from their stance, look at the photos and see why these beautiful creatures are always refereed to as majestic.
From their new viewpoint the herd can see any approaching visitors coming up the drive, they can watch Nigel at work in the garage, and being the highest point of the farm they can now survey their entire kingdom. Perfect!
I was once a happy, slightly obsessive cat servant to two Maine Coon x brothers. These boys were called George & Bernard, I loved them with my entire being ❤ I was the cliche that is The Crazy Cat Lady. But, as in the lyrics of Puffs song “A Dragon lives forever, but not so little boys”, after 15 years of mutual love, I had to say good bye to my boys, both within a few months, this was 4 years ago…
I didn’t think I would ever be able to give a home to another cat, I didn’t think I could ever let my heart break again, I didn’t think I would ever find a cat that measured up to the boys, I didn’t think I could keep my promise to my boys that I would one day give their bowls, bed and my lap to a rescue cat, in honour of their memory…
I have been offered kittens over the years that have since passed, but not once have I hesitated in declining the offers… I wasn’t ready
So, what the flipping heck happened!!!We have acquired 2 little girl kitkats, they are mentals, did I ever mention I’m allergic to animals? The fish are okay! Actually the Llamas haven’t made me sneeze either, maybe its their fibre? our dogs give me the occasional snuffles, but ‘Oh My Goodness’ this morning I woke up and thought I’d had pins stuck in my eyes. It turns out that Lola is now so comfortable in our company that she decided to sleep on my head.
Oh and another thing, they are thieves! they have stolen the dogs beds (ridiculous having a tiny kitty in a flipping great Labradors bed) stolen the sofas, stolen the dogs food, stolen a little plastic thingy that covered a hole in the kitchen shelf, and…
stolen our hearts ❤❤
So, as you can see, it’s all going brilliantly and the little ones are definitely keepers! So ???? to Lola & Sammie, our new babies and also to my boys never forgotten.. and lastly to 2 dear dog friends that both recently passed and who we named these two after, To Lola & Sammie! ????????