I had a lovely day at La Piscina, where I spent several hours enjoying the company of my donkeys and then had a wonderful feast in Paco’s restaurant with the additional treat of a full-on flamenco dance show. My donkeys are now wearing their new halters: I managed to find a pair of very reasonably priced soft nylon halters for them in my local farm shop in Vilajoiosa. The ones they were wearing in Paco’s stables were very old and dry; and there were signs of some chafing. They look very smart in their new halters.
There is no doubt that my grey donkey is the intelligent one: she recognised me as soon as I arrived and went straight to my waistcoat pocket where I had the carrots! She is very affectionate too: she put her head on my shoulder and nuzzled up against my neck for several minutes. The young chocolate brown donkey decided to show her affection by biting me several times. I decided it is time that she must learn not to do that, so I reluctantly gave her a few smacks on the nose in exchange for bites: she must learn.
After feeding them carrots and maize cakes, I gave them a good brushing for nearly an hour. As soon as I had their coats looking clean and glossy, they rewarded my efforts by both rolling in the dust and getting completely filthy again. Thanks, donkey people. Very helpful.
I shall visit the donkeys again next week. The plan is to move them to Elca Seriu in a month’s time, as soon as I have the donkey house built.
After my time with the donkeys, I had a meal in Paco’s restaurant – next door to the stables – with his regular flamenco dance show. La Piscina is a very good place to eat. Usually a three-course lunch costs twelve Euros: with the flamenco show this goes up to fifteen, but it was well worth it. The restaurant is only open from midday to 4pm (La Piscina, Parcent, Alicante. Tel. 96 640 51 26)
Work to do… Must build the donkey house. Meanwhile, at La Piscina my donks have been separated from the rest of Paco’s donks, so they can get to know each other. The plan is that they will know each other and know me well enough, so when we move them it will not be too upsetting for them. Donks don’t like sudden changes.