Matilde goes to market

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.


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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8 Responses to Matilde goes to market

  1. cherry says:

    Welcome back Frere Rabit – missed your posts! Delighted to see that Matilde is looking very much at home – keep her away from curious male donkeys!
    Thinking of you as we progress through Holy Week.
    Every Blessing

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks, Cherry. I am looking forward to eleven days off school after the longest term I can ever remember (due to the lateness of Easter). We are all exhausted! I will take both donks on a walk around the local mountain Puig Campana, and see how we get on as a team on the camino for the first time.

  3. RatBag says:

    What a lovely outing for you and Matilde! She really looks as if she belongs in a mediaeval market. Good luck on the camino.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    There is nothing quite like walking with a donkey. Matilde stopped to look down at a field of sheep and goats. I allowed this indulgence for five minutes, then tugged on the lead rope. Matilde resisted. She wanted more time to watch the sheep and goats.

    I suddenly realised I had given no attention to the scene at all, and I decided to learn from Matilde and pay more attention to the sheep and goats. I stood there for another twenty minutes waiting for her, until she decided it was time to go. Another lesson learned.

  5. Geert Bakker says:

    Did Matilde perhaps spot a Jacob Sheep with 4 horns?
    The Jacob Sheep got its name from the bibel story about Jacob who was payed for his work in Labans herd with all the spotted sheep. At work in Denmark many years ago making a 850 Km cycle route when dusk was already falling I suddenly said to my collegue that I saw a sheep with four horns. He said: ‘Yess; you’re right: it’s getting late and we should stop. But we drove back and there she was in all her glory with two standing horns and two drooping and hanging rather loosely ones. Much later I saw a small herd of them in a recreational area in our province in Holland.
    Jacob Sheep & Jacob Apple & Jacob Butterfly –

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Fascinating, Geert. So, let’s get this clear. Not only does the Jacob’s sheep have four horns, but it metamorphoses into a butterfly? That will certainly confuse the sheepdog…

  7. Geert Bakker says:

    Don’t forget the Jacob Apple! The time is right for big and small wonders. I could send you a few for eating and planting the pips if you like? I’m sure donkeys like them too…

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    The Jacob’s butterfly metamorphoses into the Jacob’s apple… and Hey Presto! Original sin! At last we discover the culprit!

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