Packsaddle rides again

It was in December 2010 that my friend Barbara Reid arrived here from France driving a camper van and a trailer full of goodies, including my own stuff from storage in her barn plus a load of furniture and kitchen utensils to get me started here. There was also a donkey packsaddle…


… which was in regular use until it was broken by Morris last year. My friend Carl repaired it, a moment celebrated in a post exactly a year ago:

Sadly the whole thing collapsed again as it was made of pine rather than hardwood. Now it has been rebuilt again, but this time with oak struts. Floris, a neighbour and carpenter, found some old oak chairs recently. Luckily the chair legs were the right size to rebuild the struts of the croisillon.

Once again, the croisillon is rebuilt and ready for donkey walking on the road to Finestrat. Here is the master craftsman Floris with his handiwork, and Puig Campana in the background.

And Matilde admires the handiwork, grateful that she can once again labour up the hill to Finestrat carrying pannier bags in the hot sun, grunting and panting to dismay the tourists with her donkey drama, as she carries her own lunch and a bottle of water weighing about 5 kilos, while onlookers glare at that rood norty owner making the donkey suffer with her load. (Drama queen!)



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 Packsaddle rides again

  1. gracem says:

    I love Mathilde!!!!!!!!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Matilde is very definitely her own donkey person. She looks lovely and I never stop admiring her constantly changing colours; from one season to another, or damp to dry weather, or time of day. The three brown donkeys are always three brown donkeys, but Matilde goes from shades of Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue to all sorts of rich tones of grey. And she has the donkey cross on her back, marked out in dark umber in varying tones. And there are dappled bits too, like Sancho’s donkey in “Don Quijote”. She has it all.

    But never underestimate the intelligence of this donkey. She does her own thing. If you want to do something that coincides with her plan, that’s fine. Give her a plan she doesn’t like and you have a real problem! This is a character donkey.

  3. Alys says:

    As good as new! Hopefully the packsaddle will last longer this time, but it’s reassuring to see that there are more chairs there as back up!

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