Friday 26 April 2013

The secret to happiness

Llama love: mom, dad, son and soon a new bun in the oven? 
A warm day, a big campfire, my man, the dogs, wine, sweet llama love.
That's my secret to happiness.

When I was younger, I would always have the same answer when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up: "I want to be happy."

I didn't have any idea what "being happy" would look like.  Being rich and famous? Having a big family with lot of kids? Travelling lots, seeing the world? Being a successful career woman?

Turns out, it's very simple in my case.
Sitting with my man around the fire, sipping wine, warm sunshine on the skin and the dogs around us, I'm completely content and happy. Those days are special and perfect to us.
How about you? What does happiness look like for you?

Yesterday was the first time we had dad llama Neil in the same enclosure as mom llama Ghost and her son Kalle Obama. (No disrespect to the President, I'm a huge fan - we named the baby after him because he was born on Nov 6, 2012, the day of the re-election. Plus, Obama the llama has a nice ring to it.)  They were very excited after 4 months apart!
It took daddy no time at all to make his move, and Ghost apparently never heard of playing hard to get - she willingly lied down for him.

Llama lovemaking is very gentle, with the male making these low humming sounds, like a lullaby. It's beautiful. The female basically just lies there and enjoys it. Their mating lasted surprisingly long, about 20 minutes - baby had no idea what was going on, he kept circling them and trying to figure out what they were doing.

Here are a few pictures!
"What's going on?"

Posing for a family portrait while still mating.

Still mating... can you see him humming?

My gorgeous Bear. He's humongous. And quite smelly. I love him.

aka bootfarm - my workout! (Note the intense facial expression - that sucker was heavy.)
I would love to hear about your happy moments!
xo Miriam


  1. I love your blog, Miriam!!
    I had the same thought today. I went on a huge walk with neko and just listened to music and I was just really happy that I could go for a walk in the sun today:)
    I need to come see you and your farm soon!! xoxox

  2. Yes please do! It's really the simple things that make life worth living, and a lot of animal love :-)

  3. I just discovered your blog - and I will be sticking around! I love your writing style and you have great pictures (not just of llama love making of course...ha). New follower, nature-lover, animal obsessed...and can't wait to read more!!
    ~ Samantha


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