Once more unto the beach


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!


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 Once more unto the beach

  1. karin says:

    Looks like they enjoy the olive branches as much as I enjoy the lovely Spanish olives!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi, Karin! Yes, the donks love olive branches and they are good for their teeth too. They eat the leaves and then start chewing the wood too. It is good fibre for them. You will probably benefit from the following advice, if you enjoy olives or olive oil. Invest in olives and olive oil now! Buy up as much as you can store. In the coming months the price will rocket, mainly due to drought in the south of Spain but also due to various economic factors affecting farming in Spain. This will affect “Italian” olive oil too, as a huge portion of “Italian” olive oil is made with Spanish olives!

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