Donkey cart to St Savin

Today I rode into St Savin with Dalie donkey and the cart. It was a very cold bright day. The donkey was full of energy and went at a brisk trot for most of the way.


On arrival in St Savin we made our way to the boulangerie. Dalie was given a feast of stale bread. Then we went to the abbaye in St Savin to look at the Christmas crib. When I say “we”, I mean of course just me, as Dalie – being a donkey – is not allowed to go inside the abbey and look at the Christmas crib. Even though donkeys normally play a starring role in the Nativity arrangements, together with oxen. The St Savin Christmas crib was a disconcerting experience…

The Baby Jesus was a terrible monster who seemed like a benign Frankenstein in nappies, surrounded by sheep the size of mice, and a strange shepherd with a moustache resembling Groucho Marx. The scene was so overcrowded it would have been quite appropriate to quote Groucho’s line from A Night at the Opera when they are all crowded into the stateroom on the steamship: “Is it my imagination, or is it getting crowded in here?”

And finally there was a strange angel with a coin slot, inviting the public to give some money to Jesus. Probably one of the most blatant religious con tricks I have ever seen. Obviously this money is NOT going to Jesus. The Trade Descriptions Act should be properly enforced by the local gendarmerie. This kind of outrage should prompt a raid by les flics and the abbe should be under house arrest pending an enquiry.

On the way home, Dalie decided to do the full donkey philosophical enquiry regarding a puddle in the path. This had to be considered carefully for an hour before the concept could be properly understood and the problem was solved, finally leading us to progress home. Donkeys do really like to play drama queens…

Advertisements

About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Donkey cart to St Savin

  1. jennilaidman says:

    I don’t know which I respect more: a donkey with the good sense to stay out of puddles or the angel con artist.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s