Valley walk

The short walking route to Finestrat from home involves a descent on a very narrow path into a river valley then a short climb up the other side to the village. Rubí has been happy to walk that route since I discovered the path last year, but recently something has been spooking her when we get halfway down the descent and she refuses to go any further.

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To check and see what would happen with Matilde on that route, I walked her up to Finestrat on Saturday and she did the steep`descent into the valley without any problem. I have now found a good way to go up a steep hill with a donkey, and that is to walk behind holding the lead rope, so the donkey pulls me up the hill! Effortless walking.
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A nice shot of Matilde with Finestrat and Puig Campana in the background.

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Yesterday my friends Carl and Cait came to take away all the accumulated donkey manure: it took four hours and produced four trailer loads!

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The donkeys take an interest in a passing dachsund. The dog looks to them curiously like a miniature donkey, I suppose.


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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