Having posted a photo of a strange flying dog on the earlier blogue entry, Barbara was keen to have the proper dogs represented, and also wished to point out that my preference for photos of one-legged chickens and three-legged cats gives a false impression of the farm, with the under-limbed aminals over-represented.  Here then are Tinker and Once dogs catching a rat.

If any readers of the blogue are squeamish or members of the League Against Cruel Sports, I should point out that the dogs are highly skilled at this task and are trained to hypnotise the rat humanely before savagely killing it.

Please note that Tinker is a four-legged dog, although only three legs are visible, and Once also has the standard number of legs, as indeed does the dead rat.  This, by the way is a different dead rat, not Lord Mandelson.

Note how a passing French peasant pokes his fork at the dogs and steals the dead rat for his supper.  Ratatouille is very popular in times of recession and it is normally barbecued over a burning pile of letters from Brussels explaining the reason for reductions in agricultural subsidies.

Hang on a minute…  Aren’t dead rats now over-represented on this blogue?  Time to feature more normal animal scenes…

So, finally here are Tinker and Tippex the cat (four legs) doing their party trick of demonstrating the Confucian principles of Yin and Yang.

The blogue postings for the next few days will be subject to finding available internet facilities on the road.  Whatever happens, there will be donkey photos eventually!

The Chemin Saint-Jacques follows the walking route GR48 south alongside the river Gartemps to Montmorillon and then crosses the countryside westwards to the river Vienne before heading south again.  I shall post the departure tomorrow morning, with a photo of Dalie donkey with her pack saddle, and then head off for more rabit piligrimining with a piligrimin donkey.

Thanks for supporting the blogue and can I remind you that the blogue also serves to raise donations to Whizz-Kidz, the children’s mobility charity.  Follow the link please to the donation page:

Rabit’s Piligriminage Whizz-Kidz charity donation page


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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