Come Dine With Morris

A producer and researcher from the Channel 4 Come Dine With Me programme visited the house last Tuesday for a couple of hours to look at my proposal for hosting the show. Obviously, the donkeys are a key selling point and they would feature in the programme. The decision will be made in a few days time.

Meanwhile, poor forlorn young Morris has been fenced off from the jennets, now that he has begun exhibiting the normal biological functions of a jack donkey, and indeed exhibiting far too often! It is very sad to see him behind a fence and he gets very cross about it. Sometimes I put his mother Rubi in with him, and she likes to spend time with him anyway, but the other issue is that the foals should be weaned now. It is not necessary for them to still continue on mother’s milk: they are nine months old.

Here’s a video sequence showing Morris running around inside his new compound, finishing with a sad little scene of Morris watching through the fence while the love of his life, Aitana, rolls in the dust a few feet away.

Late news:
Today I bought a donkey cart! More about that in the next blog post…


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 Come Dine With Morris

  1. Kathy says:

    Poor Morris! I hope you are giving him extra treats to make up for the enforced isolation. He didn’t seem to have any of the greens the girls were eating. He’s a growing boy – he needs his greens :}

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Well spotted! Yes, in fact I was weeding the bean patch at the far end of the field from Morris and lobbing weeds over the fence for the girls. I carried some over to Morris after taking the video because he broke into loud protests when he realised he was missing out!

  3. Alys Thomas says:

    Poor little Morris! Has he created his own dust bath yet?

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    In fact, Morris has taken to rolling in manure. Is it some strange donkey ritual of penance?

  5. Alys Thomas says:

    I don’t know, but it means less Morris hugs when I see him…

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