Stable extension

The main project for the summer holiday is complete – the extension to the donkey stable. This was needed because of the growing young donks who are coming up to two years old in October, as the stable will be too cramped in winter. I have also moved their manger to the end of the stable, so they can eat from inside or outside.




Walking to Finestrat now becomes a major challenge in the July heat. Here are Aitana and Matilde taking a break on the walk home.


Trolls lighten up and get a life!

Most things in life are improved by beer, particularly in July


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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13 Responses to Stable extension

  1. Gandalf the Grey says:

    If you get any trolls here, I know a chap called Bilbo who can deal with them. I find donkeys have a great sense of self-preservation – much more sensible than ponies, who keep getting eaten by dragons. If you have any more trouble let me know. Must dash – just saw my eagle land.

  2. Officious Official with clipboard says:

    I have been informed that you have made a comment in this post – to-whit “Lighten up, Trolls” which is definitely fattist, gloomist and possibly racist. My colleague also thinks you are having a go at gay trolls, but she has been on the rioja since teatime, lost her reading glasses and missed the comma. Kindly delete it before I call in the self-important blog-police.

  3. Animal Ambulance chasing lawyer says:

    Dear Mr Rabid
    As an animal ambulance chasing lawyer, specialising in ridiculous libel actions in animal-blog comment-sections, I would be pleased to represent you on a no-win-big-fee basis in the case of Rapid v Officious Official. Quite clearly he has failed to read the line “Trolls lighten up and get a life!” You are obviously innocent of all charges, and were merely indicating that 11.30 your friendly neighbourhood (or Bulgarian as it may be) Trolls would be lit up on beer, and posting left-wing rubbish here after chucking-out time on The New Statesman.

  4. Francis says:

    Nice to see normality restored to this blog, after the unwelcome intrusions.

    Hope the donks appreciate all your efforts. Do they have a special way of demonstrating their appreciation?

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Buggerit. Just when you have finally seen off the south London GANGSTA trolls who are messing up yer rabit blog with pointless abusive comments, in come the south London ANTI-GANGSTA cavalry to mess up yer rabit blog with obscurantist comments..

    Blimey! You can see why I only has three readers per month (on a good day)

    Lapin the Irrelevant

  6. Offishush Offishishul who losht her clipboard says:

    I didn’t mish the commomma. I may have mished the point though. Oh shod it. I’m pished. Time to log on to shocial media. Excushe me pleashe while I wipe the pink bobbly shtuff off my ipad.
    Nice Donkeys. Wish sshomeone loved me like that No-one lovesh me (and so on till 3am when the battery runs out).

  7. Cassandra says:

    Hello. My name’s Cassandra and I’m a proxyholic. Must go to the hair salon now and drink the comb disinfectant.

  8. JabbaPapa says:

    What are these rood and norty pictures of donkey’s asses and drunken Englishmen ???

    IMHO you should tip that drink over some people’s trollish heads as a better investment than into your own !!!

  9. Luisa says:

    Dear Rood Rabid, when I was about 10 years old I was given a very young donkey I called Chula and she was so small we rode in my grandfather’s Plymouth’s back seat with her. One of my best memories. Donkeys were still important for peasants in Mexico in the 1060s, nowadays they’re as scarce as they are in Spain.. Will try to find a photo of Chula…
    Keep the good work going against nasty

  10. Luisa says:

    …undonkeyed diacons &c

  11. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks for that, Luisa. Yes, try to find that photo of Chula and I will put it on the next blog post. As for all the other silliness, thanks for your support, folks. Any further troll comments will simply be deleted, particularly as they come from proxy IPs with untraceable email addresses. They are quite pointless really.

    Francis, they do have a way of showing their appreciation… donkey cuddles. (And Morris licks my nose. Yuck!)

  12. Trolls need no encouragement to drink up…..too much Vino Collapso is at the heart of their (his) problem.

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