Animals


Here on the farm we have two llamas (Crystal and Jasper), two geese (Tilly and Taffy), and a variety of chickens (which provide our delicious free-range eggs for breakfast). You can see the chickens pecking about in the lower paddock. During July or August it’s hay-making.

Our llamas enjoy a quiet life: they don’t like loud noises or quick movements – and they certainly DON’T like to be stroked. If you would like to visit them, we are happy to take you. We recommend that you stand quietly with your hands behind your back and if you are lucky, you mighty even get a ‘kiss’ from Crystal, the white one. Both of them are nosey – they like to sniff your clothes when they come to see who you are. Many people ask us, “Do they spit?” The answer is: “At each other – usually over food!” However, if you don’t offend them, they are unlikely to offend you. For a good indicator of how they are feeling, have a look at their ears. If they are erect and pointing slightly forwards, the llamas are in a good humour. If their ears are laid back, they are probably having an argument with each other…

The geese came here in 1999 as a group of 4 goslings. Only when they were fully grown did we realise we’d made a mistake: we had 3 ganders and 1 goose (poor girl). It just so happened that a friend in the village had lost his 2 ganders and was bereft – so we gave him 2 of our ganders. Life on the pond has been much calmer ever since!