The end of the school year has happily coincided with a real heatwave. Here on the Costa Blanca we have a weather system that has come in from the Sahara over the weekend and seems to be lingering all week. The heat is dry and intoxicating. Yesterday I found both donkeys flat on their sides in the dust, motionless, and I panicked for a moment. I instantly connected their earlier surfeit of browsing from the fig tree with their prone state! To my instant relief, they slowly raised their heads when I called them. It appears that they had simply flaked out in the heat.
I have roped off a corner of their field under a fig tree and put a table and chair there. It is a lovely spot and I will have lunch there today. There are two months of holidays ahead now and I have looked forward to it for so long. I just hope it doesn’t fly by too quickly, as school holidays tend to normally. After much hard work, the relaxation begins.