On Sunday I walked into Finestrat with Matilde for the annual mediaeval market. This is one of those travelling markets that goes from town to town, with market traders dressed in mediaeval costume, loads of new age tarot reading and astrology nonsense, and food stalls.
It was an enjoyable occasion and Matilde’s first experience of crowded narrow streets. She behaved very well. Walking through one street where there were a few food stalls, a rather nasty little stall holder with a dirty looking face started shouting at me that animals should not be in a street with food stalls!
“Excuse me?” I replied. “Have you any idea what a mediaeval market would have been like?”
God save us from the health and safety freaks!
Matilde met a new donkey admirer, a ten year old male who was giving donkey rides to children at the market. He was a very pretty little donk and he made a big fuss of Matilde, braying at her in a very animated manner. Matilde looked rather dismissively at this diminutive Romeo and did not utter a murmur. (Is this another clue to the pregnancy?) When we left the square, the little donkey brayed furiously.
Finally, just a reminder why the present updating of the blog is a bit hazardous. My Mac laptop packed up a short while ago and I have not got funds to replace it. Consequently, I am relying on occasional use of an internet cafe and sometimes I can take a school laptop home, but updating the blog will be easier over Easter holiday time as I have a borrowed computer for the holidays! Great! I can also listen to Radio 4 again, which I have missed since the Mac died.