I took Matilde for a long walk today in the Sierra Bernia. She is still not used to the idea of walking at a steady pace and is occasionally twitching, ready to bolt, so I have to keep her on a tight rein and keep talking to calm her. It was a lovely walk. Quite a hot day.
Poor Rubí had to stay behind at La Piscina. There was no way that I could take the two of them out together, not after the last time, when they stampeded on the way home! Once I have got them used to walking individually, then maybe I can take them out for a walk together.
Good news on the burroeaucracy impasse. Paco, the owner, will go to the agriculture office on my behalf and take all the papers, and he seems reasonably confident of getting a result. I waved a thousand Euros at him today, the balance of the money I owe him for the donkeys, and that seems to have motivated him to solve the problem. He said he will try to sort things out and then, if all goes well, deliver Matilde and Rubí to me next Saturday.
I would like to think that might happen, but I’m not going to get too excited about it…
Geert has pointed out occasionally that the donkeys look happy together in the photos. They were separated from the other donkeys three months ago and have been stabled together for that time, so they are very close now. When I took Matilde back after her walk, Rubí was looking quite pathetic alone and she became terribly excited when Matilde returned. We had only been gone for an hour! Now here’s a curious thing. Their birthdays are on consecutive days, according to their donkey passports. Matilde 5th June 2008 and Rubí 6th June 2009.