Happy birthday Aitana !

The magic moments of Aitana's first steps.

The magic moments of Aitana’s first steps, 2nd October 2011

The day after Morris was born, some friends came to see him and Matilde upstaged the whole day by giving birth to Aitana while we watched. Never to be forgotten! What a magic day that was.  Below is Aitana, on her birthday, three years later.

Birthday girl Aitana this evening.

Birthday girl Aitana this evening.

Horse toys

What about a birthday present?  Always difficult buying for donkeys: they are very picky. The football disaster has already been recorded on this blog.

After that farce, I went in search of a horse toy in the Tots d’Animals shop in La Nucia a few months ago but the one thing they had was sixty Euros: a robust rubber ball with a handle on it. No way was I paying that kind of money for a portable beach ball!

However, this week in school, I noticed kids on orange rubber space hoppers in the reception class, and I suddenly connected: they were just the same as the “horse toy” being sold for sixty Euros!  So this evening I went to find a toy shop, but the big Rubik’s toy shop in La Marina had closed down.  Due to the financial crisis  probably; as everything is ultimately blamed on the financial crisis rather than commercial incompetence.

A friend and neighbour just told me there is another big toy store that I didn’t know about. Too late for Morris and Aitana’s birthday, but I shall try to get a space hopper as their pressie and give it to them at the weekend. Watch out for the video. They will run away from the space hopper and hide in the corner of the field. A betting certainty.

Morris, Matilde and Aitana lining up to greet me on arrival from work. Rubí in Eeyore mode.

Rubí, Morris, Matilde and Aitana lining up to greet me on my arrival from work, which Morris and Aitana take turns to announce with sustained braying.


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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9 Responses to Happy birthday Aitana !

  1. Catherine Geldart says:

    Happy birthday Aitana! You share it with my brother Alex!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Happy birthday Alex!

  3. Alys says:

    I have visions of you bouncing around the field on the space hopper, with the Donks in pursuit… Birthday mayhem!

  4. Jim of Olym says:

    Happy birthday to both your kids, all grown up now!
    Do you have horse toys there” Like a soccer ball with a handle on it.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi, Jim.
    The “space hopper” is just like that: a football with a handle on it, but a bit bigger. Not found one yet. (Apart from the over-priced one in the equestrian shop.) Going to try a toy shop later today: a big toy store I only found out about yesterday. The things we have to do in order to amuse donkeys, eh…?

    7.20 am and it’s still dark but someone is already braying at me out there on the field.

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi Alys.
    Now you know what you’re getting for your birthday. Space hoppers all round, eh? 🙂

    No, I actually have a better plan. See email…

  7. Alys says:

    I always did want a space hopper!

  8. We have the answer! A door! Ambrogio is not a footballer either and we have discovered that closing the door of the stable while he is in there provokes a an opening of the door from the inside and the game can go on for hours. Door tennis!

  9. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, I get that with Morris and the gate to the food store! He has worked out how to lift the latch, but is the only one so far. Now the gate must be padlocked to keep the food safe.

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