About llamalady

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Hello, I’m Stephanie – and yes, I’m a lady with llamas! I live in Creuse with husband Chris, children Benjamin, Caitlin and Ruadhri and an ever growing assortment of animals, which include, of course, llamas. We have five llamas, seven alpacas and five huarizos (llama/alpaca crosses – all unintentional!). We also have hens, ducks and turkeys, Berkshire pigs, sheep, guinea-pigs, cats, dogs and budgies – and an awful lot of carp as we run a carp fishery. We have a 75-acre slice of beautiful rural Creuse with fields, lakes and woods. It’s amazing.

We moved to France from Co. Cork, Ireland, in 2006. It was a huge thing to do, especially for the children who were 14, 11 and  4 at the time – but they were all very positive and excited about it. And so were Chris and I. Eight years on, we’ve never worked so hard in our lives, but have achieved so much and have found a better way of life. I’ve written about it in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France. There’s a link to it on the home page of this website. It’s rather good, if I say so myself!


… for this. Mind boggling, isn’t it?

You can follow our adventures at this blog. And to find out about our fishing holidays go to http://www.anglinglines.com/docs/ourvenues/lakes/alder/index.php.

Steph’s books

Keep checking back. It’s nice to have an audience! I love writing. I was a children’s author in Ireland and I’m about to relaunch on the adult scene.  I’m also an addicted knitter and crafter – when time allows!

0 Replies to “About llamalady”

  1. Good morning Stephanie, and Happy Easter!

    To introduce myself, I publish Mon Oc – a monthly eNews and Living in France web site. Mon Oc is sent to 7,500 French and English readers.
    We are always on the look out for articles and you have a particularly engaging way of writing, so …
    If you have articles or blogs on your life in France which we can republish we’d be happy to reciprocate with free advertising for your books / holidays / fishing / llamas / etc
    Does this sound interesting ?

  2. Is there no longer any way to leave comments on your blog, Stephanie?
    Perhaps you had too many bad comments from angry people?
    Please send my congratulations to Caiti for her great work these past years at the University!
    On to the next challenge in Canada – right?

    Mary in Oregon

  3. Hi Stephanie,

    I read your article about swallows from 2012 and wondered if you have a good number of them around this year? The reason I ask is I have a hand-reared swallow that needs a safe area where there are other swallows to follow on migration. I haven’t been able to find anywhere suitable to release him close to home.

    I’ll be driving through your area on Sunday 27th on the way North. Please could you let me know before Sunday? Thanks!

  4. Heading to bordeaux from Galway to work for at least a year. We must call to see your animals. Our kids 5,3 and 3 weeks would love it. Heading over in mid august to get a house. Any advice?

  5. Dear Stephanie,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in France, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  6. Dear Stephanie,

    I contact you regarding my email below for an interview for ExpatFinder.com.
    I would like to know if you could complete the attached questionnaire. Like I told you previously, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website and this interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers.

    Best regards,

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