Rubí writes her Tuesday blog: We had a nice long quiet weekend without the rabit person. He went off for a few days in Wales, which Morris tells me is a wet and miserable country with dragons. Really? I can’t think why anyone in their right mind would want to go there (and that confirms my … More Of mice and menus
The children of Abbeygate School near Chester have sent the following list of questions and I shall try to answer them in the next day or two: Questions for Mr Thomas – J5 2016 What do the donkeys eat and what is their favourite food? Donkeys eat mostly straw: they do not need much protein. They … More Abbeygate School donkey questions
The weekend of 1-2 October saw the fifth birthdays of Morris and Aitana, with the two days falling on a Saturday and Sunday as they did five years ago. They had new plastic buckets to play with (and quickly broke them) and they also went for a birthday walk. Returning to the question of the donkey weight … More Donkey weight part 2
Now here’s a fun game! See if you can accurately assess my donkeys for their weight, using the Donkey Sanctuary advice information on donkey diet. Download the PDF file donkey-diet and look at the chart: “Donkey Body Condition Score Chart” on page 3. Are my donkeys, 1. POOR, 2. MODERATE, 3. IDEAL, 4. FAT, or … More Does my donk look fat in this?
Peter from Charquer 27, two kilometers up the valley, made a new sign to replace one that disappeared recently from the junction on the main road. He kindly made one for “El Parral” as well. Looks good. As I said in the last blog post, it is going to be a bit slow for a … More Give us a sign…
It is the very last day of the summer holiday and I am back to work tomorrow. Fine timing. I opened the second slope for the donkeys to descend to Level 2, and see whether they would start doing circuits. Within minutes they joyfully started galloping around the circuit. This makes all the summer work … More Job completed: donks loop the loop.
Matilde has been developing a new cow noise over the past few months. This began as a gentle lowing sound which emerged from a stifled bray, in recognition of the arrival of food. This later developed into a fuller mooing noise when food did not arrive as quickly as Matilde expected. Aitana also began copying … More The amazing cowdonk
I descended down into the precipitous chasm below the house, just to see the land that is mine – the hidden land I will probably never visit again – and I found a clue to the changing water situation. Nobody had mentioned this: an old pumping house in the valley, directly below the house. … More Recovering a history
Rubí writes her Tuesday blog: In the account of the official opening of the stable on Sunday, my rôle in the event was entirely misrepresented. I need to correct a few details. First, as I recall the event – backed up by photographic evidence – I was first to go into the stable, after the … More Rubí reviews the new stable
Juan Aparicio of Burrolandia Madrid cuts the tape with the official kitchen scissors to open the stable. The finishing touches to Phase 1 were done earlier in the day: the stable needed to be ready for windy wet conditions in September/October. (Phase 2 will be closing up the front and weather-proofing with proper stable door … More Official opening of the new stable