Hottest since 1904

Morris with pack-saddle leading his mother Rubí on a track near home.

Morris with pack-saddle leading his mother Rubí on a track near home.

Here in the Costa Blanca we are hoping for rain and a drop in temperatures. A few weeks ago at the end of August there was a sudden drop from the fierce dry heat of summer, a couple of days of torrential rain, and we were all lulled into a false sense of relief. The summer was over: the weather was becoming bearable. It would soon be time for walking in the hills, cycling, and enjoying other outdoor pursuits that the oppressive heat of summer makes impossible.
Then the temperatures went up again and the summer weather has continued until now. It was 32 degrees centigrade today. Still too hot to walk the donkeys too far. Too hot to cycle up the mountain roads. Too hot to spend more than half an hour digging the vegetable patch.
Well, why complain? It is the weekend and the heat is a good excuse to do nothing. I just love watching the donkeys eating. Listening to the rhythmic chomping of the feed. Their feed is about 70% straw, with about 10% alfalfa for flavour and 20% forage for nourishment.

And if that’s not entertaining enough, watch Greek donkey dancing.


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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3 Responses to Hottest since 1904

  1. Love your donkey videos!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, Sandy.


    A lot of people look at the pictures and videos on this site and the visitor traffic is quite busy sometimes.

    Life here is also busy with a full-time teaching job and four donkeys. I have no assistance with these four big animals and it gets quite exhausting sometimes, so I don’t update the website as often as I would like. Had four days break from the donks in August: first time since March 2011 !

    Good to hear from visitors to this blog. Always makes the effort of posting worthwhile.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i really love your donkeys!!!!

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