Of friendship and almond blossom

It is 27 degrees again here in Finestrat, as it was yesterday.  I have just walked Matilde and Rubí and we have done a tour of the almond blossom, which is filling the whole hillside with its sweet scent . Unhappily for the almond blossom, the donkeys just see it as food, so quite a lot of it was eaten while I took the following photos.


Matilde and Rubí are very close friends: it is lovely to see them together on a walk, giving each other playful bites in their excitement at being out enjoying the countryside.

I have had a disappointing couple of weeks and discovered how bad my family really was. I have said goodbye to them.  Time to move on from that and walk with my lovely donkeys.  Life is too short.  Time to be positive!  This is when your friends really show how much they care about you and I have very good friends!  Apart from my daughter, I have no family now,so I thank God for my friends! And donkeys…


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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6 Responses to Of friendship and almond blossom

  1. Sandy Morris says:

    Well I guess your donkeys are your family,as my dogs are mine.What more could we want.

  2. I am lucky to have a friend (albeit just an e-friend) who posts lovely donkey pics. I come here to look at the donks to feel calm when everywhere else is too much madness.

  3. GC says:

    Lapin, you must know that a lot of us human animals think you’re not half bad too and love popping in here to be with you and the donks, and seeing you elsewhere (more in the past), even if your creative gifts make some of us jealous. Have been mentioning your name lately in my prayerful moments.

    I hope there are no apes or monkeys in those fabulous nearby mountains you have been trekking to lately. They’ll scare away the tourists, which might not be a bad thing. They are known to strip some people naked over here as well as steal picnickers’ food and even break into suburban houses to cause havoc in the pantry and in the fridge!

  4. Alys says:

    Ahhh… don’t they look pretty, adorned in almond blossom? The light is lovely, I like the dappled blossom shadows on Rubi and Matilde. Quite Japanese! You’ve certainly picked the right botanical – among it’s many properties, the sweet almond is calming, balancing, restorative, nurturing, nourishing and protective – just what you need! xxx

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes but, as I have now been informed, almond contains cyanide too – in small quantities – PANIC!

  6. I don’t know much about donks, but my observation is that animals are usually not too daft…I think they probably don’t eat something that is bad for them. I hope they will be well and there is no problem.

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