Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Moor the merrier

I have just returned from an evening in Villajoiosa and my ears are still ringing from the gunfire as hundreds of Islamic gunmen prowled the streets, firing wildly. Yes, it is our wonderful local politically incorrect fiesta Moros y Cristianos, … Continue reading

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Of parasols and scorpions

A few days ago, walking back from Finestrat with Matilde, I saw a large canvas parasol dumped at the side of the road, down a steep slope. We were not far from home and I thought it worth retrieving. Matilde … Continue reading

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Donkey semaphore

Donkey ears have an elaborate communication function which we can liken to semaphore signals. When I was walking with Dalie last summer, I noticed this in the encounters with other donkeys. The ears are constantly in motion, expressing a range … Continue reading

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Donkeyroo

Rubi does her kangaroo impression while dust rolling today. The mosqueros have been tied back for convenience, but still cover the donkeys’ eyes to keep the flies out. Unfortunately, after just a couple of days’ wear, they are looking very … Continue reading

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Lazy days

I have been a bit slack in updating the blog. Everything has slowed down in the July heat and the long leisurely breakfast seems to lead effortlessly into lunch and siesta, and before I know it the day is gone. … Continue reading

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New fence and gate

I have spent three entire days now in the donkey field, working on fencing and now patching up the stable. It is a great opportunity to observe my lovely animals for hours at a time. While I have been working … Continue reading

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In praise of beans

There is something very satisfying about harvesting produce you have grown yourself. As I pull the runner beans from the plants and fill a bucket, the donkeys stand there salivating and making half braying orgasmic grunts. It is worse than … Continue reading

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