The donks are in the field

It has been a long journey. A burroeacratic paperchase, then a great panic for several days with donkeys indoors wrecking the house, while I sorted out the fencing on the field. Now, I can happily report (from a keyboard still covered in straw, like everything else in the house) that the donks are in the field, safely surrounded by electric fence.

I didn’t like leaving them outside all alone today when I went off to work. I spent my day at work think ‘what if’…? (E.g. ‘What if the battery fails and they escape…? How will I ever find them again? What if rogues turn off the battery and steal the donks? What if the donks get bitten by a snake?… etc.) But they were happily eating alfalfa in the field when I arrived home, looking quite relaxed. Unworried by rumours of nuclear catastrophe.

I took these photos early in the day. The donks look slightly different now… Having spent several days carefully tending to Matilde and Rubi, keeping them in dry draw and getting their coats brushed and glossy, I found them in a complete state of ruin when I arrived home from work. They had spent the day joyfully rolling in the muddy field, as donks do.

Thanks girls… We’ll start all over again.


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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7 Responses to The donks are in the field

  1. damagedjock says:

    Congratulations brother!…all your hassles over the last few years have prepared you well for dealing with these testing times. Hope it works out for you…Amen

  2. rebrites says:

    What a beautiful sight. You must be over the moon!

  3. Barbara says:

    That’s good!

  4. RatBag says:

    Lovely photos! I hope you get the house de-strawed soon 🙂

  5. cherry says:

    Cher Frere Lapin, ..if you are worried about it worth getting them mciro-chipped? I sort of hesitate to suggest this given the ‘burrocratic’ mountian you had to climb to get them to your sin the ifrst place!!
    Very happy to see them in situ at Elca Seriu – well done! Cereza!

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks for that, Cherry. They are microchipped and passport holding donks already. I suppose I’m just being very over protective at present. To be honest, I’m probably still suffering from a certain vulnerability after the ruination of my own security by the CRB last year, from which I still have not fully recovered. I love the donks and it is a bit worrying going off to work every day and wondering how they are back at home. As much as the kids would like it, I can’t take them to school with me!

    I am reading the meditations. Good Carmelite spirituality. I haven’t really revisited this spiritual tradition since I read the works of St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila in the 1980s and then discovered the Franciscans, so left Carmelite spirituality behind me. It is good to revisit and reconnect, as a Lent experience. Thank you.

  7. Geert Bakker says:

    – “In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was regarded as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness.”
    . Does it feel like such an Arcadia?
    May all your other dreams come true too!

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