Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include:
1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes;
2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Friday Fences - New England Stone Walls and Critters
In Monday's Barn Charm meme I shared a barn and garden near Sturbridge, Massachusetts with a promise of more to come for Friday Fences. Well, here's the rest of the story. This hand-stacked stone wall was on the edges of the garden. I'm sure that these walls were made entirely from stones dug out of the fields so farmers could plant. I believe that the ground cover in the foreground of this photo was lily of the valley--just not blooming when we were there. Here's a long view of the stone wall with a couple of little outbuildings that were scattered through the garden in addition to the imposing barn (see previous post):
And then here's the surprise. When I looked over the wall, these guys were hanging out in their own fenced in shed. Now these critters are quite common here in Kentucky, but in the 90s I had not seen much of them. FYI, they're llamas, not alpacas. You can tell by their banana shaped ears and larger tails.
This llama "king" is taking a common pose up on this rock on alert. I believe that some farmers use them to guard livestock because they can be quite fierce and territorial: