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!
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!