Lazy days of September

It is time to return to work after the long summer holiday and the long hot summer days lazing around with the donkeys are over. It is good to get back to work, re-engage with the world outside this small field, and justify my existence by earning my living again.


The weather has changed and the first rains of autumn have arrived, but gently. The fierce winds will come later. The return to work has been gradual: a whole week messing about in my classroom, setting up the bookshelves and the materials for another year of classes. I love my new classroom.
The last of the vegetables are now coming out of the garden and the donkeys are enjoying all the spare greenery thrown their way.

Not much of a blogpost really, was it? But I spent the day mostly having a very long leisurely lunch in Sella with friends, in a restaurant with a tea towel theme. Powerful stuff.



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 Lazy days of September

  1. Jim of Olym says:

    Do your donks eat string bean plants after you’ve picked all the beans? Mine don’t seem to like them, nor cabbage leaves either (until they are trampled and sort of rotten!)

    James Morgan
    Olympia, WA

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Runner bean plants, tomato plants, but not courgette (marrow) plants. Donkeys are fussy about food. E.g. this morning when I tried to give them some carrots which were going a bit soft they refused them!

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