Matilde and Rubi arrived a year ago today

How things have moved on in just one year! When they first arrived I had them indoors because my fencing was inadequate. It seems so long ago, and now they are both with their five month old foals and any time now they will start to push them away. Yes, it is weaning time. For Morris it is simultaneously adolescent naughty time: he has been attempting to mount Aitana regularly for the last few days. I am assured that this is just ‘play’ and neither Morris nor Aitana could be properly active for a couple of months more, at least! The last thing I need is another pregnant donkey.

Here is a photo of Matilde and Rubi a year ago when they were still living at the back of the house, outside the kitchen!


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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2 Responses to Matilde and Rubi arrived a year ago today

  1. Anonymous says:

    How quickly does a year go by…wow immeasurably richer your life has become with these 4 hooved friends of the Lord, even if they have emptied your pockets and your piggybank!
    Please do keep up the posts – I may not always answer – but I always enjoy reading them.
    With blessings for your Lenten journey..and the donks future!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, Cherry! It has been a great year with the donkeys and a steep learning curve with the burro-cracy, foaling, finding the right equine vet, and training the donkeys for walking on the road. It’s still a precarious existence here but if it can all work out, yes it’s a rich life with donkeys! They are lovely people.

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