Took A Drive Yesterday
Posted May 04, 2012 - 06:17 AM
So I turned the corner to take the last gravel road before the highway and was confronted with a herd of llamas blocking the road. I knew somebody was building a house in an abandoned farm yard near there last year, but didn't know who they were or anything. I put two and two together though and figured that the new animals likely went with the new house.
I couldn't get past the llamas to get into their yard and tell them they had animals out on the road though. The llamas were just milling around, so I didn't want to take a chance on getting them walking/running the other way. I don't know anything about these animals, so I wasn't sure how they'd react, but the road gives them about three miles of straight running room before dead-ending in a field, so I knew I wanted to be careful.
I sat in the truck for a couple of minutes wondering what to do and watching the llamas. They seem pretty skittish, but they are also pretty cool...kind of a cross between a camel and a sheep. They also bend their legs a lot more than horses or cows when they walk or run, which just looks odd.
After a while two women came out and stood on the road by the driveway entrance with their arms out. The older woman waved at me to drive ahead. I moved ahead slowly and the animals moved toward the women, then stopped. They didn't want to go back up the driveway. I parked kind of across the road, since they had moved away from the truck, and got out. I walked around the back of the truck and positioned myself so the llamas had to go up the driveway to get away from me. They eyed me suspiciously, and when I stepped towards them, they headed up driveway. The women kind of flanked the herd and we got them back inside the fence.
We did up the gate and introduced ourselves. The man of the family got home from work about then, invited me to have a beer, and drove me back out to retrieve my truck. Turns out they are related (children of cousins) to the farmer who owns the land and bought the property from him. They are from the Interlake and had been flooded off their land and since they could work in the city (he's a diesel mechanic, she's some sort of office worker), they sold out and moved. Their daughter (the young woman) is just visiting.
Seems the llamas have learned that they can open the gate by pushing up on the wire band that holds it shut. llamas are smarter than cows, I guess. We jerry-rigged a fix for that by wiring the wire to a nail. It's a little awkward, but should work until they can get a wooden gate with a proper latch put up.
Anyway, now I have another reason to drive out that way. We've got llamas in the neighbourhood now, and when their owners invite you in for a beer, you have to stay for three.
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Posted May 04, 2012 - 08:11 AM
it should be like that everywhere
I'll second that one Al.
Seems you have been blessed with new neighbors that are nice. Good for you.
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Posted May 04, 2012 - 04:32 PM
Thanks Rev, I always enjoy reading your stories, you have a way with the English language that allows the reader to see it themselves.
I'm glad your neighbor isn't raising a bunch of Lama's. That would be weird.
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