Matilde has milk

Matilde has developed a prominent milk sac in the last 24 hours, so she may be overtaking Rubi now in the race to be first to foal. I looked at Matilde today and saw the clearly bulging milk sac, brought my camera straight away to get a photo, and Matilde nearly destroyed the camera! She managed to get her rear right hoof in the shoulder strap of the camera, then kicked back and launched the camera full force at the car parked nearby. It bounced off the rear bumper. Thanks to the solid build of a Nikon D80, the camera survived, with just a cracked casing… And here is the photo.

The vet is coming out to see both Rubi and Matilde on Tuesday afternoon. I am still camping in the field and I hope we can get through another three nights without any foaling… Now that I have been told many stories about all the complications that can happen, I am a nervous wreck lying awake in the tent at night, imagining foaals appearing at all angles and with hooves all over the place. Why can’t donkeys just lay eggs and hatch them? It would all be so much simpler. It makes you wonder what the Creator was doing when he drew up the Great Plan.

POSTSCRIPT Sunday 4th September

When I gave the donkeys their evening feed yesterday, Matilde didn’t want to eat. She just remained sitting down in the stable looking at Rubi eating, which is completely out of character. I took this as a significant sign of imminent foaling and I spent the night in a corner of the stable with my foaling kit. It turned out to be a sleepless night and another false alarm! Matilde started eating straw during the night and kept me awake with loud chewing noises, so I gave up the watch at 4 am and returned to the house. Maybe things will be clearer after the vet’s visit on Tuesday.


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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12 Responses to Matilde has milk

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    Frere rarbit, bless your norty donkeys, yourself, and your family. 🙂

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Jabbapapa. I have quit the Damian Thompson blog for good. It has become a place of ghoulish trolls and nasty people who simply post to cause offence. The contributors to the blog that used to post, before the Australian harpy and her little band of mindless nihilists ruined it, were often controversial but at least they had something to say. The present exchanges are infantile and pointless. Keep reading this blog, Jabba. Baby donks are on the way!

  3. JabbaPapa says:

    I have quit the Damian Thompson blog for good.

    Who hasn’t ?

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Very good, Jabba. Let’s see how many traditionalist Catholics end up following Matilde and Rubi instead of the Daily Telegraph… 🙂

  5. Rebrites says:

    you go around shooting photos of donkey sacs, you gotta expect to have your camera launched.

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, prolly correct, Reb. (Sulk.)

    However, the news from the vet makes things even more mysterious! Will post the details soon. Matilde is having us all on… Rubi is a genuine pregnant donk!

  7. trof4st says:

    I quite understand why you and Jabba left Thompson’s blog.
    You fought hard and well there, though!
    All the best with the donks. 🙂

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks, Tro! There comes a point when there are simply too many people with their own hidden agendas, so that the original forum for discussion becomes changed into something quite unrecognizable. The sad spectacle of Catholics (like the Hungarian and JohnDC) taking sides with the atheist headbangers was too depressing for words, and in the end this was the last straw! Take care, Tro. Stick around here for a while: there will be a few photos of the new born foal soon, I hope! It is a full moon tonight, ideal foaling conditions.

  9. trof4st says:

    “Stick around here for a while ….”

    I will. It’s a pleasure to follow the story of you and the donks!

  10. JabbaPapa says:

    The atheist fundamentalists (plus that evangelist fundamentalist from California) have pure and simple ruined that place.

    One feels guilty of course about taking such an ultimately selfish decision, but the endless flame war that these people want has nothing to do with Catholicism ; and the only way to avoid it, is to simply remove oneself from it. Turn the other cheek, I guess.

    13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
    14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
    15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

    16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
    17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.
    18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
    19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
    20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

    21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
    22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
    23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.

  11. Frere Rabit says:

    ‘ Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.’

    Or indeed for Benidorm… 🙂

  12. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Frere Rabit,

    It is lovely to read of your life in Spain with your fine donkeys. I was sorry to read of your difficulties in England, but very happy to see that you put it all behind you and made a new life in the sun.

    Please tell us more of your donkeys and any walks you make with them.

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