Morris disrupts Cala Finestrat and leaps a river

The plan for All Saints day, which is a national holiday here, was to walk Morris on a triangular long distance walk to give him some practice of pack saddle walking with alight load. All went well at the start, and Morris walked well, but then the day turned into a fairly interesting event for autumn tourists in Cala Finestrat, the local beach resort, as Morris decided that the change of colour in the tarmac by a pedestrian crossing, combined with a metal grate across the road for drainage, represented a major hazard that he was not going to attempt. As he considered the problem, he parked himself in the middle of the road and would neither go forward nor back.

The Morris traffic problem lasted nearly half an hour and prevented two buses from continuing with their journeys, involved about twenty people all shouting their advice about what to do with the donkey, and eventually two patrol cars of Policia Nacional and Policia Local. The solution was an unusual one. A motorist produced a Halloween pumpkin from yesterday’s pagan celebrations and we broke off bits of it to entice Morris over the road “hazard”. Morris had never eaten pumpkin before and was really taken with it.

There are no photos of this event, as I would have been lynched if I had seen the stopping of the traffic as a photo opportunity. A lot of people got very cross!

The coast walk from Cala Finestrat to Playa Torres was really great. It was the first time I had done it with a donkey and it is a good training ground, with some challenging terrain for practising careful donkey steps!

On the final leg of the journey we had to cross a stream. Morris, of course, being a donkey, had to turn this into the final drama of the day and he regarded this as a dangerous river: another major obstacle. We spent a good quarter of an hour waiting for the health and safety procedure to compute in Morris’s donkey brain.

Then he did a spectacular leap and crossed the stream without getting his hooves wet.


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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3 Responses to Morris disrupts Cala Finestrat and leaps a river

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh dear! I’m afraid I laughed out loud at the thought of Morris parked in the road, holding everything up. You will have to make sure you have pocketfulls of treats when you take them walking in future!

  2. Perpetua says:

    Possibly the best donkey blog in the world.

    Thankyou – I am going to link to you. Hope that’s OK

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes indeed, Perpetua, that’s very OK! I don’t know if there is a special prize for “best donkey blog in the world” but if there is, it should involve a sack of carrots. I will promote Morris to Blog Editor-in-Chief.

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