Crias Are Cute

Llamas have a funky, quirky cuteness to them.

But baby llamas, or crias, are some of the cutest things I have ever seen.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any of my own, so I had to troll the internet for a dose of cuteness.

Here are a couple pictures:


Photo courtesy of Thomas Beck.


Photo courtesy of Pamela Carls.

And a video:



It makes you want one, doesn’t it?

Blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2016 April A to Z Challenge!  My theme for this year:  Llama mama.  C is for Crias.

The Magic of LLama Beans

llama beans

“What!” says Jack’s mother, “have you been such a fool, such a dolt, such an idiot, as to give away my Milky-white, the best milker in the parish, and prime beef to boot, for a set of paltry beans. Take that! Take that! Take that! And as for your precious beans here they go out of the window. And now off with you to bed. Not a sup shall you drink, and not a bit shall you swallow this very night.”

Poor Jack, the ill-fated child who was swindled into selling his cow for a handful of beans.  His mother didn’t believe in the power of the magic beans, but she probably hadn’t heard about llama beans. Continue reading

An Alpaca is Not a Llama

alpaca is not a llama

Three years ago I wasn’t “in the know” so telling the difference between an alpaca and a llama was like telling the difference between a honeybee and wasp.  But now I know the difference between all of them.  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Although they are cousins (they both are descended from the wild guanaco), an alpaca is not a llama and vice versa.  They have different physical characteristics as well different needs.  Here are a few of the more common ones: Continue reading

National Pollinator Week


Last week was National Pollinator Week (June 15-21), a week-long celebration that I didn’t even know existed!

Eight years ago the US Senate declared a week in June to be designated National Pollinator Week. It is now recognized internationally as a week to bring awareness to the decline of natural pollinators:  bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects.

And even though the week flew by me (see what I did there?) it’s not too late to explore the promotional material.

You can:


And more importantly, you can plan an event for next year’s pollinator week.


The A, B, C’s of Bees: ZZZZ the Sound of Bees


Flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen, bees make a familiar buzzing sound.  But how do they do that, and does it serve a purpose?  I decided to find out!

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