The joy before the storm

I spent the late afternoon restoring the large parasol under the fig tree in the corner of the field. It is the donkeys’ sheltered eating place. They spent the entire two hours standing watching me, trying to push down the temporary fence I had strung up to cordon off the area, stealing tools from my wheelbarrow and generally being naughty. Then they lost interest in me and created their own entertainment. Luckily I had my phone on me and it has a good video camera. This video sequence is the best yet. The foals and mothers are quite manic, playing and enjoying themselves immensely.

I watched this scene completely fascinated by the manic activity and I was already editing the video to upload to YouTube when the storm struck. It was a violent and quite terrifying thunder and lightning storm. The internet connection was knocked out while the video was in the middle of uploading. So was the water pump from the cisterna. In fact, the house seems to have received a direct lightning strike, according to Brian next door. Where was I when all this was going on? In the stable, holding onto the shaking wet foals to stop them panicking. I had been on the balcony, watching the storm, holding onto the metal railing… A good thing I had donkeys to look after.

I am uploading the video now from a bar with internet connection, as I still await the engineers. The question is this: was the manic behaviour of the donkeys a manifestation of their sensitivity in the pre-storm build up? It is a lovely film and I just laughed my head off as they performed their crazy dance!

God is good. The lightning strike on the house has led to the replacement of the pump for the water cisterna and a new satellite dish for internet connection. The house next door lost its water pump too and the TV satellite dish was knocked out. The service guy from Wipzona configured my Wi-fi router properly, as part of the service, and that leaves me better off than before becuase I had not connected it up very well. None of this cost me a cent. Hooray!


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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5 Responses to The joy before the storm

  1. Hey Nonny No says:

    Morris, who you were worried about, looks as if he has rallied – if anything, Mathilde looks a bit mopey – though it’s hard to tell in a 3 minute shot. I am glad to hear your paws did not get zizzed.

  2. Ben Carter says:

    Terrible storm here in Portugal last night. Electric power off here too for a while. Weather’s changing! Thank God you weren’t hurt! Foals obviously thriving – a joy to see.

  3. steve says:

    Well embedded sir!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Well, yes Steve, and thanks…. I’ve done that before on the blog. My real question was how to do the tags on YouTube to get maximum hits for a video? There must be a way of key-wording it to get the really big hit count?

  5. Pingback: Morris adventure: foal’s first time out of the field |

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