Donkey cart

Last year I was looking for a traditional vintage Spanish donkey cart with big wooden wheels, and then I found out that only rubber tyred vehicles are allowed on the roads now. That scuppered the plan. I hadn’t really thought about it very much since. Then I saw an advert in a British supermarket at the weekend: “Donkey cart for sale 250 Euros”. Various wooden slats need replacing and a mudguard fell off on delivery; but I got it for 225 Euros, so I can’t complain.

Of course, it will need a harness. And the right donkey. I was thinking about Rubi. It might give her a new purpose in life and get her out of her dreary Eyore attitude. If she could get excited about the cart, I might eventually find that she wants to race around the country roads pulling it at speed and causing as much traffic chaos as Toad of Toad Hall in his motor car phase.

Anyway, for the moment it can just sit there in the garden. As a garden feature it works quite well anyway.


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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7 Responses to Donkey cart

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cart looks wonderful !

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Is that you, coming up as “Anonymous” again, Barbara?

  3. Alys Thomas says:

    It does look wonderful! It’s just right – and still quite wooden. Rubi would look very smart with her red head collar. She’ll probably need to have time to think about it… Can’t wait to go for a ride!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    No, I’m not painting the cart red, just so it matches Rubi’s head collar. Well, maybe…

  5. Alys Thomas says:

    That’s a good idea!

  6. You could always paint the donkeys to match the cart.

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Excellent idea, Meerkat Chaplin. In fact, I am so inspired by your idea that I shall take it one stage further and wallpaper the donkeys and the cart in a matching William Morris floral pattern from John Lewis.

    (I did try and get some preliminary views of this using Photoshop to paste wallpaper onto Rubi, but since I had not succeded after half an hour, I decided to drop the whole frivolous exercise…)

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