Between holidays and not-holidays

Rubí donkey writes her Tuesday blog:

We are in that odd time of year when we have not-holidays in the middle of holidays and then suddenly its all not-holidays again.  Today is a not-holiday but tomorrow is a holiday for the Epiphany, and then the next two days are not-holidays.  Then it is the weekend.

Rubi 1

Why is it important to know this?  As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t make much difference what day it is . Apart from when it is a Tuesday, because that’s my thinking day.  But the consequences of holidays are mainly noticed in the timing of breakfast.

Rubi 2

We have all noticed, particularly Matilde who gets rather easily distressed, that the holidays mean breakfast arrives late.  When it is the not-holidays we usually get fed at seven o’clock and certainly never later than half-past seven.   In the holidays we sometimes don’t see our breakfast till half-past eight.  Today was an outrage: we were fed at nine o’clock!  To make matters worse, it is actually a not-holiday for most people, but for teachers it’s still a holiday.

Rubi 3

And, to make matters much much worse, there was a van load of food delivered yesterday evening and the food store is full.  But it’s behind a fence.  So we just had to stand there looking at it until nine o’clock.

Food 1

And when we finally got fed at nine o’clock, my rood and norty foal Morris was so worked up that he chased me away from the manger.  Little beast.  I will get him back later.  I’ll sneak up on him and bite his leg when he’s sitting down after his dust bath.

Morris 1

Well they can keep their breakfast.  It’s only straw anyway.  It’s not as if we were getting a full English breakfast or something, is it?  So I will just carry on eating this olive tree and thinking about the not-holidays which properly start on Thursday.  Bring it on!

Rubi 4


7 thoughts on “Between holidays and not-holidays

  1. Rubi you are so lucky to be living in a country where tomorrow, the feast of the Epiphany is still a holiday. We in the UK however, will be experiencing a not-holiday, as I suspect a large number of people here would neither know what the day was nor even cared. 😦 Enjoy your brekkie!

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  2. A message for Rubì from Ambrogio and Sascha… We entirely agree (on this, at least) that holidays are an outrage and should not be allowed unless some guarantee of breakfast at breakfast time is obtained first. This breakfast at nearly lunchtime thing is out of order.

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  3. My ttwo big donks get fed whenever I get out to do my tasks for them (mainly sweeping up poo that they have left overnight)! We use a feed bag that holds about 5-6 flakes of hay (timothy for us) that usually lasts for over a day, plus some supplement and timothy pellets recommended by our vet. They don’t get a lot of exercise except for weekends so are rather pudgy, and when it is rainy and damp here in the Pacific Northwest (PNW for short) they would rather just stay inside and complain about the weather rather than go trooping out in the cold and damp. well, I don’t blame them at all, but they don’t have to come inside and feed me, rather I have to go out there and feed them! I hope they are grateful but I have not heard them do more than snuffle and a chance hee haw when they see me coming to do my duties.

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  4. Hi Jim. Happy New Year! That’s interesting – particularly from the diet point of view. The situation here is that the house is just fifty metres from the field, so the donkeys are constantly watching me to see what comes next! If my car is not parked outside they don’t make a noise as they think I’m not here. I left the car in the village on New Year’s Eve and cycled home. On New Year’s Day I was able to stay in bed late and there was no sound of braying from the field!

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  5. They are indeed intelligent, and that’s what makes these cuddly creatures so much more interesting than just the fact they look so lovely and are so vulnerable in our human world. I spend so many hours observing them and can only conclude that their complex socialising behaviour, their memory skills, their ability to “reason” the way things work (e.g. door catches!) etc.; and their observation of the slightest change in their surroundings, indicates a much higher degree of intelligence that other animals. If they only had thumbs they would have produced the internet long before we did.

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