From April 2016…
We have had some wonderful times here in “Elca Seriu” (the mis-named Valenciano Spanish farmhouse that should be called “El Caseriu”.) I came here in 2010 with the idea of buying two donkeys. I rented this place overlooking a nearby field where I could see the donkeys and built that vision around my first donkeys Rubí and Matilde, who came to live here and soon gave birth to two foals, Morris and Aitana.
“Elca Seriu” was just the right place for us to start, and in many ways the donkeys and I have been really blessed here. Yes, there have been problems with the hunters and various nutcases, but the gentle life with donkeys in a sunny and rural life has been wonderful.
This year, looking at my present situation, coming up to retirement age but cannot afford to retire, I decided to work part-time in September and devote more time to the donkeys. Also I decided to buy a plot of land. The foals born in 2011 have only ever known this field so they will be surprised when we finally move out and I know all the donks will miss their field. My future pension will not meet our present rent, so I need to buy a property!
And this may be the site. A possible home for me and the donkeys. Terraces of almond trees with spectacular views of the mountains. Extraordinary! Could it be that we will end up living here? There are a lot of questions about putting a house on the land, electricity and water etc., but we are beginning to think it through.
Thank you Alys, my daughter, for raising the level of the game, and investing in the property. Readers and commenters on this blog: we have a new phase and a lot of work ahead!
Yes,the donkeys will have to adjust to a new life. So will I. There will be a lot of hard work ahead and some of it will be very physical. I am now looking at an extraordinary property of 10,000 metres of terraced fields just 10 minutes drive from our present field. When everything is ready I can walk the donkeys there. My friend Carl who is a builder can build a property on the site, within my budget.