Last Friday was the end of the school year and I have a one week break before starting a four-week July “Summer School”. I did not realise how exhausted I was at the end of the school year until I found myself sleeping through most of the first three days of this break. I didn’t have the energy to even go for a walk with the donkeys, though I had been waiting for free time to get them out and exercised. I did at least spend some time in those three days grooming them, scraping away with the curry comb to pull out the thick winter coats that are hanging on too long into the June heat.
Yesterday I began to snap out of my torpor and I managed to get Matilde out for a five kilometre walk, then Morris in the cart for a quick ride at a cracking pace: holding him back from a gallop is the real challenge! I enjoy being with the donkeys and I don’t want a regular social life any more. Apart from a drink and a meal in Finestrat with my friends, when my salaried work is over – till the next school session – life outside the donkey field doesn’t interest me. That’s why I identify with this cartoon:
Oddly enough, while I might seek a quiet life at home, it is donkeys who are making the news this week. Everywhere you look there are donkey stories.
The BBC is reporting today that “Herdsmen in Turkey are tethering solar panels to their donkeys to power their internet sessions.”
Yesterday we read about the braying donkey Jaffa fostered by a lovely lady called Mary, who acted like a guard dog in the middle of the night to prevent burglars breaking in.
Then we had Lola the braying donkey on balcony in a block of flats in Belgium, in the Daily Telegraph story “Belgian police demand braying donkey is moved from balcony.” (Of course, those of us who sometimes invite our donkeys into the kitchen will say, “What’s all the fuss about?”)
Then we had the Daily Mail World War 1 story of the stretcher-bearer with the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, who landed at Gallipoli in 1915, found a donkey wandering on the beach and used the animal to carry casualties.
Back to the cartoon, and I wonder again do “I like being isolated from society”? Well, put it like this: society seems to be catching up, with lots more focus on donkeys. That’s a good sign, and once society is fully involved with donkeys I will quit my isolation.
From @RifugioAsinelli URGENT: stolen donkey Pinpon, in La Spezia. If you see it please notify the police IMMEDIATELY!