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. Such is the down time I have been looking forward to all these months. Two months out of the classroom.

One side-effect of keeping two donkeys is the accumulation of flies. Naturally, the donkeys seem to attract swarms of the little blighters. Yesterday I went to the animal supplies shop and bought mosqueros for them, fly veils. I have just fitted the basic string mosqueros on Matilde and Rubi and it gives them an instant extra mystique! They were quite puzzled by them and perhaps concerned that the next stage might be to put them into full burquas!


Predicting that these string mosqueros will soon end up looking very tatty, after a few donkey dustbaths, I also bought two smarter mosqueros made of leather, to go with their best headcollars when we go out walking.
Of course there are some wonderfully ornate mosqueros in Spain and perhaps one day I will get Matilde and Rubi kitted out with something like this.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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6 Responses to Lazy days

  1. karin says:

    That breakfast looks incredible! The girls look lovely, but I understand their concern about the burquas. Don’t think they’d like it in the heat.

  2. Wonky Pilgrim says:

    You’ve gone native! Waiting for your blog is like waiting for a spanish tradesman….manana.

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Apologies, Wonky Peregrino! I have left it too long this time, I know. I have been in a daze after the exhausting and somewhat traumatic end of school year, waiting to see what the contract situation would be like for September. Even though I was promised a renewal of contract, other teachers who know the school better told me I shouldn’t regard anything as certain, but then I was given an assurance by the director on the last day that I have a job in September.

    Two weeks on from that moment, I am still winding down from the stress of uncertainty together with the usual exhaustion at the end of a teaching year. Yesterday I did nothing except look at the donkeys and drink a few beers and think, ‘Yes all this is safe for a while yet.’ The blog will be more regular now I have relaxed and identified the space I am in…

  4. rebrites says:

    My favorite mosqueros are miniature versions, worn by the plaster oxen that pull the plough for the San Isidore statue in the parish church in Calzada del Coto. A little old lady plaited them generations ago, probably as thanks for some answered prayer. I have seen other similar models around the country churches and shrines in Spain, including one for St. Anthony´s pig!

  5. asbosheel says:

    Before I saw the photos I was envisaging the donkeys in beekeeper-type hats with veils, with their ears sticking through the tops.

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Yeah, we tried the beekeeping hats but the girls said they made their bums look too big.

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