Morris weather

Aitana admires Morris in his sun hat. The temperatures have soared in the past few days, with a heat wave coming up from the Sahara. Since donkeys originate from Africa, why do they have thick fur coats… ?

The donkeys have become used to a regular walking routine at the weekends now, for exercise and to keep their hooves in trim. In the photo, Carl, Pauline and Andrea walk Aitana, Morris and Rubi in the countryside with the spectacular Puig Campana as a backdrop. I am grateful to my regular band of helpers: mostly Cait and Carl, with help from Pauline and Andrea occasionally. As the foals get bigger (and stroppier!) the extra help is really appreciated. Four big animals take a lot of exercising.

Morris has unwittingly inspired a new venture in Finestrat. A few of us are discussing the possibility of forming a Morris dancing side. There is a group of ex-pats in Murcia who seem very inspiring, Terri Horvath Morris, so we are hoping to make contact with them and start to learn the basics. Morris dancing may seem an odd thing to be doing in Spain, but the origin of the term “Moorish” dancing goes right back to medieval Spain. Here is Terri Horvath Morris in action in Murcia:


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 Morris weather

  1. karin says: now I have to go Google what Morris dancing is!! Looks like fun though.

  2. onlyinhull says:

    Hi Brother Lapin,
    Chanced on your blog while searching other matters & noted reference to Terri Horvath Morris. Terri was my sister and the Morris was a great part of her life. She also wrote performance poems which she delivered at the Rocajuna English Folk Club. Some of her poems, including Morris poems, are included on the website under the name X Pat. There is a good photo of her next to Steve Gingele, who now runs the troupe.

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