At last, the summer

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.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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