Settled! Waiting for donkeys…

I took this photo while on the way home from work on Friday.  Beautiful!  Walking home each day after getting my lift from work to the village of Finestrat, I never stop thinking how amazing it is that all the horrors of the early part of this year have given way to an unexpected life in which I have a job in which I am happy, a rented farmhouse where I shall keep donkeys eventually, and already a number of friends locally who are kind in their support and have helped me to find my feet here.

I hadn’t planned to be here, but it is a better way of life than the limited vision that I had worked out for myself!  Originally, I had just wanted to to return to Canterbury and to my job teaching there.  I wasn’t very enthusiastic about that, for I had not wanted to leave formation in the Catholic Church, and it was a devastating step backwards.  Then the CRB error wrecked the entire situation!  What a year!

In many ways, I have learned the meaning of <i>treachery</i> this year.  Yet, it is true to say that in the end, I am bemused rather than bitter.  I cannot understand how people who seem reasonable, intelligent – even humorous – can suddenly turn, on a whim, and so easily become casually disloyal.  I have seen it in a number of ways this year, and it is a sad but necessary learning experience to begin to take great care about who I should trust.

One of the things I really learned from the donkeys in the summer was their caution and their self-care.  They still have much to teach me.

Pax et bonum.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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6 Responses to Settled! Waiting for donkeys…

  1. Toad says:


    Anthony Powell has one of his characters say, ( I paraphrase) “It’s not the nasty behaviour of the nasty people that gets you down, you expect that. It’s the nasty behaviour of the nice people that really hurts.”

    Probably not relevant. But.

    As to ‘religious fanaticism,’ well I told you so.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, Toad. You did indeed tell me so. I’ve been quietly writing about it…

    There will be a book. It won’t be uncritical. It will prolly be quite funny, I hope. It will be vaguely Catholic in a vaguely rabit manner. It will include mostly the wisdom of donkeys.

  3. Toad says:

    Your book will need a villain. Toad would have been the obvious choice. Now…?

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    It seems there’s no shortage of villains out there, Toad!

  5. kathleen says:

    How hurtful and unkind Rabit and Toad! I’m wounded to the core.

    But perhaps I’m just being oversensitive, and this term “religious fanatics” is only being aimed at one person (who btw is NOT with us) and not our whole group ?? I sincerely hope that’s the case.

    But you know us Rabit. You know that we are just a bunch of cyber “friends” of varying ages, professions and locations who share in common a love for our Catholic Faith as we struggle along the pilgrimage of life, doing our best to bring happiness to others with our posts & comments on CP&S. Yes, OK, we might bungle things sometimes, make the odd faux pas, but no one in the group is either spiteful, disloyal or uncaring. You know this, don’t you?

    And we love you Rabit (as best one can “love” someone over the internet) and we all wish you only the very best. Don’t take your anger and frustration out on us, your friends! That’s ludicrous.

    Maybe I’ll become persona non grata after this comment, but if not, I shall certainly continue to look into this great blog of yours.

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Certainly not persona non grata Kathleen! I don’t know what I think any more. Having gone through the real life trauma I went through this year, to have people who claim to be Christians deliberately trying to destroy my remaining strength, and my new found life in exile, for their own mean and selfish purposes, is quite an extraordianry experience. No I really do not know what to make of it. I hardly even want to think about it any more!

    Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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