Pope Francis visits the donkey field, nearly

It was very nice on the first Monday of the holidays not to have to go to work. That was good enough, but it got much better when we found that the Pope was going to pay a visit. Somebody posted the Flight Radar tracking details for flight AZA4001 carrying Pope Francis back from his trip to South America. It was clear he was on a direct flight path towards Benidorm!

Pope plane 1

Naturally the donkeys were very excited about this and I had intended grooming them later in the day, so I quickly got all the brushes out and smartened them up. Matilde was particularly excited because she is the tallest of the four, so would have the best view. She was getting so excited that she bit my shoulder.

Matilde looks up towards the south west to see the Pope

Matilde looks up towards the south west to see the Pope

Unfortunately, just as I was sending out our exciting news of the visit by Pope Francis via Twitter, the plane changed course by a few degrees and headed out to sea somewhere around Alicante.

Pope plane 2

Bruvver Eccles was slightly premature, tweeting what the Pope might have said to journalists as they flew over the donkey field.

Eccles

But what the Pope actually said at that moment was recorded by journalists.

Pope explains

Obviously, it is not every day that we get a visit from the Pope. Or indeed at all.  But life goes on under the fig tree, whatever.

Matilde under the fig tree

Update 21.00 13th July

Let us thank God for the safe return of Pope Francis from his 24,000 kilometre journey, which has been his ninth international voyage.

The encyclical Laudato Si presents some very clear arguments about carbon reduction. I hope we are all on message

The encyclical Laudato Si presents some very clear arguments about carbon reduction. I hope we are all on message

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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5 Responses to Pope Francis visits the donkey field, nearly

  1. Maggie Kneen says:

    Well give me the dappled sunlight under a fig tree any day!!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    She is looking really lovely now with those dapples. More dapply every day. It is great to be on holiday and lots of work to do on the field! Will be posting more regular blogs now… and not just silly ones like today!

  3. Sandy Morris says:

    I like the “silly ones”.

  4. teamtitus1 says:

    I take the musings of Matilde and friends more seriously than the pontification a of the pontiff.

  5. oharaann says:

    I have been told that donkeys carry the sign of the Cross on their backs but was never close enough to one to see if it’s true. I have a tabby and white cat called Francie who has a T cross on his fine back and shoulders 🙂

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