Easter with the donkeys

We had the first serious rain since I built the donkey shelter yesterday, and what did the donks do? They stood in the rain getting drenched instead of retreating into the dry straw in the shelter. Silly donks. I was pleased to see that my construction stood up to the weather, the torrential rain and a fierce wind that preceded the thunderstorm.

Now the Easter holidays have arrived, I am starting to rotate the donks on new grazing plots which I can fence off with electric fencing for short stays. Here they are against the magnificent backdrop of the Puig Campana mountain. As soon as the weather improves, we will be going for a two or three day walk around the mountain.


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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5 Responses to Easter with the donkeys

  1. cherry says:

    It raineth on the just and the unjust!…They proably felt it was like standing under a power shower and a good flea cleansing! Glad to see you are back up – lovely photos.
    Thinking of you in this Triduum..accompany Him as you walk around the mountain.
    un abrazo, Cereza!

  2. Toadspittle says:

    how does one rotate two donkeys?

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Rotating the donks is quite normal practice in these parts, Toad. I find that an old wind-up gramophone turntable performs this function quite well, but it must be set to the correct speed. 33 rpm is suitable for grazing at a steady pace, but 78 rpm causes the donks to be flung into the long grass.

  4. Toadspittle says:

    Gareth, I got your easter message, to which I say, “Egualmente,” if that’s correct.
    Reb’s sisters are visiting for two weeks starting from tomorrow, but soon after that I intend to get over to your patch.
    I’ll discuss how in a few days. There is a direct train from Sahagun to Alicante, it seems.
    Best, P.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Excellente! If you come by train you can get the tram train from Alicante up to Creueta, and get a taxi, but you may want to hire a car if you don’t want to be marooned in my farm house. I’ll be back at school by then, but you can make yourself at home here. It is a twenty minute walk to Finestrat, with bars and restaurants, so not too remote. I’ll be in touch by email later.

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