Site maintenance Sunday 26 June

I have finally reached the end of the school teaching year (hooray!) so I can catch up with long-overdue blog maintenance and it will be changing through the day. I have done the page banner and next will sort out the side bars. There will be more donkey links and I hope to get reciprocal links on other donkey blogs and Camino de Santiago websites.

Blog banner
The original photo was taken in the Rioja on the Camino between Najera and Azofra during my 2008 pilgrimage from Worcester to Santiago de Compostela. I used an Ericsson camera phone set on auto (it was later dropped into a river on the last day’s walk to Finisterre but still worked afterwards!)

On my old blog banner I included a photo of a donkey taken from the Andaluz donkey sanctuary website. Since acquiring my own donkeys several months ago, it has been my intention to redesign the page including Matilde and Rubi. I cropped a photo taken recently on a training walk between Vilajoiosa and Finestrat. The photo was taken with my Nikon D80, then lifted out using Photoshop and put into the banner. They are off the path in the finished banner, and that’s where they seem to end up most of the time when I am trying to walk with them! They constantly leave the path to browse whatever food we are passing by! Here below is the original photo.

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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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2 Responses to Site maintenance Sunday 26 June

  1. Barbara says:

    Loved the little guy who brays for us!

  2. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    What a nice photo of travelling companions……those sidepacks remind me of the shouts of packmen in Fez and Marrakesh who warn that they are approaching in those narrow souk streets.
    I worked with pack ponies myself a long time ago – I really got to like them and would buy them cooking chocolate for a treat, and let them ‘steal’ it from my jacket pocket.

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