Introducing… my second donkey

Regular readers of the blog have been introduced to my first donkey, just two weeks ago. Here is my donkey family member number two. The purchase of this donkey person was agreed yesterday, with Paco at La Piscina, Parcent.

This is a lovely donkey and stable companion of the first donkey I bought. In fact, it was probably because I was so taken with the very young chocolate brown donkey that I didn’t really notice this other one. Barbara Reed, who is visiting from France, was the first to notice her today; we began to discern together certain qualities about this donkey that were similar to Dalie – the donkey I walked with in the summer. My plan to get a giant Andaluz was looking increasingly difficult – with the small number of pure breds being a main factor – and I decided to simply go for this stable companion of my first donkey.

There was a moment’s suspense as we waited to find out which animals had been sold and which were still available for sale, and Paco told us that this one was still available. There was a little bonus… She is pregnant: the foal is due in August. We agreed a price and she is now mine. The search for suitable donkeys is over! I have two lovely animals, different in many ways, but coming from the same little happy stable group. Deo gratias!

They will stay where they are until late February, then I will move them here to Elca Seriu. A foal in August…? We are indeed ‘getting serious’…


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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9 Responses to Introducing… my second donkey

  1. Geert Bakker says:

    What a lovely duo! Many healthy and happy years! I’m so glad for you! Merry X-mis!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Geert: also a very happy Christmas and new year to you. I am returning to France to stay with Barbara and Chris (and see Dalie donkey!) as soon as school finishes on Wednesday. Then I am walking the Camino Frances at new year, from Burgos across the Meseta, and finishing at Moratinos. This camino will be in memory of a young woman, a primary school teacher, Juli – the youngest member of the community in the village of Moratinos – who was killed in a car accident a few weeks ago.

  3. Geert Bakker says:

    Yes, Gareth, I read on Reb’s blog about this terrible accident and the impact it had on that small community. Gives a lot to think about and walking is the best way to do just that. So, buen camino next year! Are you taking a donkey?

    PS: Could you please indicate the days when you walked with Dalie? I missed some episodes. Innit wonderful how life can change beyond imagination in a relatively short period of time?

  4. Karin says:

    So what are you naming this one?? She has a wise look to her. And major kudos for her being w/child, that is so cool! You’ll nearly have a herd by August. Looking forward to seeing pics of them together at home.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi folks! Thanks for your comments on the new donk. Karin, that’s very perceptive: both Barbara and I were saying, shortly before you posted your comment, that this donk has that wise look that we associate with Dalie and it’s nice of you to notice. All donks are wise, but some just looks wisier.

    Geert, the date I started with Dalie in August was the 21st. Thanks for your interests.

  6. Bryn Evans says:

    So, you are to be a Dad this summer!
    Congratulations. 🙂

  7. Rebrites says:

    Congratulations Gareth, on making your donk dreams come true.
    I came dangerously near to donkey ownership myself this week whilst walking The Way in Galicia. After due consideration, the owner of said critter decided that after 13 years of standing in the rain in the same pasture, the donk would be overly traumatized by life in a barn with regular feedings and brushings and fussings.
    So good to know he cares so much!
    Instead I brought home a little dog.

    Happy Christmas!

  8. Wonky Pilgrim says:

    Beautiful! It is a pleasure to see such wonderful animals find the best new home and it is inspirational to experience, from the comfort of my chair, someone on a mission realising their dreams! I think I perceived a difference between the purchase of donk#1, almost adolescent excitement (no criticism there), and the quieter more humble purchase of donk#2?

    Merry Christmas to you, yours, Barbara and hers.

  9. omvendt says:

    Happy Christmas, Rabit.

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