A very strange summer

It is nearly the end of the summer holidays and – for once – I shall be glad to get back to work.  With the combination of the awful “neighbours” in the house next door – thank goodness they are finally to be evicted by Sunday – and the ghastly news of horrid events around the world, it has not been a very nice summer. It is very difficult to switch off and relax when you have headbangers next door and the world seems in total turmoil.

And yet, life with the donkeys carries on pretty much the same, and that is the saving grace. The daily round of feeding and walks, grooming and messing about with reins and pack saddles, at least made these weeks worthwhile.  The donkeys have to be kept away from the fig tree at present because the wind blows and down fall the ripe figs, then the donks eat them all. The rest is predictable. The field gets very messy and sweeping up becomes quite an unpleasant job.

Donkeys queuing up for figs: only one fig each, or it all gets very messy

Donkeys queuing up for figs: only one fig each, or it all gets very messy

"Correfoc" - the Finestrat fiestas fire run

“Correfoc” – the Finestrat fiestas fire run

The highlight of the Finestrat fiestas was the “Correfoc” – the fire run through the village, where we all take silly risks with fireworks exploding all around us. My mobile phone was destroyed: screen hit by flying sparks and cracked in two places. Luckily, it was insured and Orange agreed to replace it.  Unluckily this is Spain and the 24 hour replacement service was due to be effected on Tuesday. It is now Thursday and I have heard no more about it…

The painting was started but by no means finished, the farrier got a kicking, and in all this hot weather I still have not yet been to the beach. Must do that in these last three days before schoolbegins again on Monday.  Strange summer…


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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One Response to A very strange summer

  1. teamtitus1 says:

    Silly risks with fireworks (assuming there is lots of beer) is an international rite of summer. Mazel tov!

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