We went to the beach today: Matilde and her overgrown foal Aitana who is still demanding milk from her mother (age 19 months!) so we had to stop twice for Aitana to feed on the five km walk to the beach.
So here we are at the beach: Playa Torres, between Benidorm and Vilajoiosa. Matilde and Aitana have a bowl of cereal and I have cold beer and a picnic – in a cold box which Matilde has kindly carried in her pannier bags on the pack saddle.
Loads of kids on the beach mobbing the donks and asking “Can we touch them?” (The short answer is “No you can’t. I’m having my lunch. Go away.” The long answer is, “I deal with kids from Monday to Friday but this is Sunday, so give me a break!”)
View back to Playa Torres as we continue walking towards Vilajoiosa.
The long trek home on tarmac. The donkeys and I would find it much more pleasant to walk home on the shorter dust track. What is needed, however, is a hoof trim that tarmac provides. Matilde and Aitana get a natural hoof trim due to the scraping of hooves on tarmac. Boring walk, but a necessary chore.
Back home, Rubí and Morris welcome back Matilde and Aitana, and we find that a neighbour has been trimming olive trees, so the feast begins. We have enough olive branches to feed on for three days!