Lazy donkeys eating in October sunshine

After hearing unusual noises I went down to the field and Morris was doing circuits with a plastic bucket on the end of his nose. I could not get a video of that because he stopped immediately I arrived. Videoing that will be a project for another time…

So I threw the donkeys a handful of algarobas (carob beans) and here’s another equine foodie video.


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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5 Responses to Lazy donkeys eating in October sunshine

  1. gracem says:

    nice to see them looking so contented!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    The constantly swishing tails are a response to the increased flies that are annoying all of us in the present warm weather!

  3. Mary says:

    How cold does it get in the winter where you’re at? Your big gray donkey (Matilde?) looks like she’s getting her winter coat, but the rest still look pretty sleek.

    Is Morris gelded?

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Hello again Mary,

    We are currently in summer temperatures again of 32 degrees (heaven knows what that is in Fahrenheit!) and the winter is delayed again by the heatwave from the Sahara.

    Poor Matilde is indeed growing her winter coat. (Well spotted!) She looked lovely in the summer and had begun to develop a lovely dappled pattern. Unlike the other three, she has a very matted coat which resembles a door mat at times, a scruffy appearance of which I remind her when she head butts me or stamps on my foot. She is a somewhat careless and headstrong donkey and we have a stormy relationship, but I love her very much. She is not gentle!

    We have mild winters and it never gets down to freezing point more than two or three nights in the winter. By March we are heading back into early summer by British standards.

    Morris is certainly gelded, otherwise I would be looking at a potential seven donkeys rather than four. Here is the story of Morris being gelded: I took him down to the sea, so he could look at the great expanse of water and see the source of life before i deprived him of his manhood. It was a sad moment but a necessary precondition to stay with the other three donkeys. He still has his fun anyway, but no resultant offspring.

    Aitana, Rubí and Morris have lovely sleek brown coats. The donkeys are all brushed and curry-combed three times a week. In Matilde’s case it makes little difference. She still looks like a door mat. Bless.

  5. Mary says:

    I get lightheaded just thinking about the gelding process.

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