End of the holidays

And still no sign of the expected foals. I am spending each night in a tent on the donkey field in case assistance is needed with a night-time birth, but I go back to work tomorrow and this is not going to be an ideal way to continue. I can only hope now that the birth may take place during a weekend, otherwise I will be going off to work leaving the new-born foal at home and fretting about it!

Rubi seems to be very tired now, flopping about in the dust for hours on end, after bearing the weight of this foal in the heat of August. Thankfully, the weather on this last day of August has turned cooler and that is not only good for pregnant donks but helps me too. I have a number of practical jobs to finish off in the donkey field before I return to work tomorrow.


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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3 Responses to End of the holidays

  1. karin says:

    The poor sweet things…I send my commiserations! Having endured a summer pregnancy with an early September delivery…I know how they feel!! Wishing you all the best!

  2. Barbara says:

    Awww She do look tired, poor babe. It could be a while yet, but don’t worry too much. If you have a healthy foal she will take care without you needing to do anything other than admiration. Or you could take a sickie……

  3. Geert Bakker says:

    In my Agricultural College days (half a century ago) I learned that some horses don’t want the farmer present in the stable at giving birth time. Some horses are (were at that time) so determined that they waited for the farmer to leave for a minute (to get coffee or something) and then quickly let the foal go. Knowing how stubborn donks can get… Perhaps a webcam? Hope and wish that all goes well!

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