La Vida es Bella: life with donkeys

At the end of the first full week of the holidays, I can say with great confidence as I look around my house and the donkey field, I have completed absolutely none of the things on my list of Things to Do.  It is in fact the least completed list of Things to Do in the whole history of lists of Things to Do.  The donkeys have mostly accomplished very little either.

Matilde considering her list of Things to Do

Matilde considering her list of Things to Eat


Morris of Arabia

Morris has been going around dressed as Morris of Arabia for the past week, in tribute to the actor Omar Sharif who died recently, so the only thing on his list of Things to Do is cross the desert and take Aqaba from the Turks in a surprise attack. But this is all in his head. Rubí only thinks about lists of Things to Do on Tuesdays, so I haven’t asked her what her plans are today because it is Monday.

I don't do thinking on Mondays

I don’t do thinking on Mondays

Aitana has accomplished her list of Things to Do

Aitana has accomplished her list of Things to Do

The really busy donk is Aitana, who has not only drawn up a rather ambitious list of Things to Do, but she has done everything on the list already: 1. Tip up the wheelbarrow; 2. eat the broom handle; 3. kick the plastic watering can till it splits; 4. break two panels in the stable wall; 5. chew the garden hose in half; 6. break the new headcollar; 7. kick the farrier; 8. roll over in a pool of wee and end up muddy and stinking. All accomplished in record time. Well done, Aitana.

There were a few other things I was going to mention here…  the farrier’s visit, stable extension work, diet changes, etc. But no.  No more lists. Here’s the video.  Scenes from everyday life with donkeys. The start of the summer holidays 2015.  A love affair with equines.  They are so beautiful.  Finally I can stop “doing”, and just “be”, for a few weeks… Gracias a Dios.

About Gareth Thomas

My blog (2015 to the present) is a diary of my life with donkeys. It follows on from the "Brother Lapin's Pilgrimage" blog (which ran from 2010 to 2015) charting my pilgrim's progress from Canterbury to France then starting a new life in Spain with donkeys.
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12 Responses to La Vida es Bella: life with donkeys

  1. Maggie Kneen says:

    Lovely video, your heart is really in it with those beautiful beasts. I was going to say that your calves haven’t changed at all, but you might have thought I was talking about animals rather than having cycled thousands of miles behind you…!! Enjoy your well-earned hols and do keep in touch. Also loved the views of the Gorges du Tarn on the cycling footage, thanks for alerting me to that. M.

  2. Mary says:

    Beautiful indeed!

  3. scarygoat61 says:

    Very beautiful pictures and video. Lovely peaceful well cared for donkeys. A joy to see such happy animals. 🙂

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you everyone for some lovely comments on the post and video. They are my life, as you can see.

  5. Sandy Morris says:

    Lovely video……….The Donkeys look so well and happy.Thanks.

  6. grace says:

    Wonderful!!!! Everyone looks so happy! God bless you!

  7. sixlittlerabbits says:

    Thanks for this look at your beautiful donkeys. As for Aitana’s behavior–there’s one in every bunch.

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    Jabba, your LOL is entirely unappreciated. This World Heritage site proposal was first made quite a few weeks ago in April before the Spanish local elections, and we didn’t know if the new Mayor and council would be bold enough to follow it through. They have decided to run with it. If you look at the history of Benidorm, rather than give the stupid “LOL” response that the Daily Mail might give, you would see that there is more to it. I will be wholeheartedly supporting the bid.


  9. JabbaPapa says:

    OK — I do know that Benidorm has a fascinating history, and I well remember the beautiful videos of old Benidorm that you once posted.

    Is one purpose of the project to try and ensure the preservation of that history before it’s too late ?

  10. Frere Rabit says:

    The main focus of the UNESCO bid for Benidorm is because of its status as an environmentally friendly planned high-rise environment. It is an example of very clever city planning. Nothing more mysterious than that. See my six stage study but particularly sections 3, 4 and 5.

  11. Nancy Waterhouse says:

    so happy to find your site! love your donkey pics and comments. i live in vt and am just getting into packing with my donkeys (3.) 🙂 nancy

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