Well, what an exciting day we had today! We left the Scout Hut promptly just before 9am and headed south to Northamptonshire for our visit to Catanger Llamas. It took us just over an hour to get there and once we’d all got off the bus (or out of the car in my case) we were greeted and taken into the visitor centre. Inside, we were told all about the different products that they produce from llamas and were shown examples of some items made from llama wool.
From the visitor centre we headed outside and walked down to the barn to meet our llamas. The guide gave the children a talk on how to hold the llamas, where to stand and how to walk them. The children were all very interested and listened carefully.
With our safety talk over, the children paired up and were assigned a llama. All the children were told to tell the llamas to “walk on” and off they went. Well most of them! I was with Anya and Tanya and our llama was stubborn and took a lot of encouragement to get going.
The children spent an hour or so walking the llamas around the fields, stopping half way for photos before returning back at the barn and took the llamas back to their pens. After that, there was an opportunity to see some new llama mums and their babies.
By now the children were getting hungry so they headed to the picnic area for the lunch. Next to the picnic area were two horses who took a great interest in the children, particularly Palina, who had her head nibbled.
After lunch the children got back on the bus and popped to the park in Kirby Muxloe for a quick play before returning to the Scout Hut.
Thanks to Jim, Val, Kloe and David for their help volunteering today.
Looking forward to a busy day tomorrow at the opticians, lunch at Loughborough University and pottery painting in the afternoon. See you then!