Summer in November

The drought in Alicante continues and I will be posting more about that very soon. I am doing a study of the drought situation for my geography lessons with GCSE and A-level students, and I shall write a blog post here shortly with the details. This is the most arid territory in mainland Europe and the present conditions are quite extreme.

The donkeys love it: they are – after all – African animals and they love dry dusty conditions. Dust baths are glorious! Here is a selection from today’s dust bath routine.

Aitana rolling in the dust

Aitana rolling in the dust

Matilde inspects Aitana to check her dusting technique is OK

Matilde inspects Aitana to check her dusting technique is OK

Evening dust bath: the donkeys have been really active on the dust bath front today. Now it is the turn of Morris: he has one last dust bath as the sun goes down.


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 Summer in November

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    hummmm, I was unsure from the weather reports I saw when the rainy season started in Galicia last month, and there was that flooding in Navarra — but does this mean you had NONE of the rain that hit most of the peninsula 3 weeks ago ? — 😦 😦 😦

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    As I wrote above, I am going to do a specific blog post on the drought and I’ll give the full details. We get our rainiest time in September/October each year. This year there was just ONE rainy day during those crucial two months. The Alicante province and the Valencia region are in full-scale drought.

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks for that, Alys. Got the message. I try not to go big on the date…

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