Sunset donkey frolics

The foals are a week old and now joining in the evening frolics that their mothers always habitually enjoyed in the last dying rays of the sun. The donkeys seem to come alive particularly at this moment of the day. The great thing to see now is that the mothers are no longer wary of each other. They have been licking each others foals occasionally too. Lovely to see them beginning to settle down as one family now.


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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8 Responses to Sunset donkey frolics

  1. Geert Bakker says:

    Bliss! There are several miracles at stake here. Thank you for sharing these lovely images!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    It’s a pleasure to share them, Geert. They are a real joy, especially in the evening when they are having a few minutes of fun. They grow so fast. Already Aitana feels heavier than a week ago and when she is sitting in my lap she no longer falls asleep like a kitten after I have stroked her head for a while. She just wants to break away and be a leaping frisky foal now! Morris is smaller and he doesn’t seem to be growing quite so quickly, or am I imagining it? He looks a bit feeble at times, but maybe I just worry too much because of his watering eyes. Talking of which… it is grooming time again.

  3. Jackie and Alys says:

    Best yet! Beautiful happy donks! x x x

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Hello Jackie and Alys! If you are still online, thanks again for the donkey fiesta kit! Still eating the turron and have fed some to Aitana and Morris, in small crumbly bits that they licked (liked). Fly out and spend some time with them before they get too big! xxx

  5. Jackie and Alys says:

    Good to see a lightweight Rubi donk back to her usual self! Four playful foals…

  6. Jackie and Alys says:

    Yes, we’re still here with latest video on repeat… quite difficult to refrain from loud gasps of oohing and ahhhing and bursts of laughter in Mold library, so grinning silently and inanely instead. Will come soon! xxx

  7. tess felix says:

    I am an artist in California. I create portraits out of plastic that has washed ashore on the beach where I live.
    Last year I walked the Caminio Frances. With my eye already trained to spot colorful bits of garbage, I spent my time imagining what I could do with all the plastic I encountered. By the time I reached Santiago I knew I had to return to the camino with a plan to help clean it up.
    I am looking for a donkey and a cart to assist me on my quest.
    I’m intrigued by your friend Barbara Reed, and would like to contact her.
    My plan is to embark from Rosenvalles to Santiago, collecting garbage, talking with people and offering education and solutions to dispose of garbage and human waste and care for the planet. As I research more on the subject, I’m thinking I may have to have a portable shop to encourage pilgrims to replace plastic with sacks and carry their own cutlery. Also proper, bodily waste disposal solutions. These items are not for profit.
    There are many elements to be worked out before next fall.
    If you have any ideas, suggestions or support, I would be delighted to hear from you.
    Thank you,
    Tess Felix

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    The Camino Frances is entirely unsuitable for a cart. You will end up in difficulty even within the first five kilometres after leaving Roncesvalles when the path goes into a narrow section up a steep forest path. Sometimes traditional Spanish horse caravans are seen on the routes to Compostela, but you will see them on the tarmac roads only.

    I wish you well with your project but you need to examine the practical aspects as well as having interesting artistic ideas. I this case, I don’t believe your plan really has any practical value. There is too much rubbish on the Camino, and there is more and more rubbish talked about the Camino! The way to do the Camino is to walk it as a pilgrimage, not as a statement.

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