5. Goodbye Elca Seriu

The donkeys are coming into their last month on the field at “Elca Seriu”  (the mis-named El Caseriu).  They don’t know it yet, but I am already beginning to miss our home as we prepare to move on.

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In September 2010 when I arrived here to begin a teaching job, I found a place in the country to rent, with a field on which I could put some donkeys.  Then I bought my donkeys who gave birth to foals.  Those foals have only ever known life on that field.

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The corner of the field in which Morris and Aitana were born in October 2011 will always be a special place for me.  They won’t see it again, but in the future I can imagine that I will want to return and see this little corner and remember that magical time when the foals arrived.

We now look forward to a new and more permanent life on a ten hectare property.  A three day week for me from September onwards makes the new project even more exciting: Friday to Monday weekends every week, and just teaching Tuesday to Thursday.  At last, life is for living, in a place where I have the opportunity to stop and reflect and live at a sensible pace.

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The house is called “El Parral” at the moment.  It needs renaming and I am trying to think of something suitable: it needs a Franciscan hermitage name. “Carceri” doesn’t work because carceri is plural. “La Verna” is no good because that’s a mountain hermitage and this is a valley.  “Porciuncola” is possible but technically that is a church not a hermitage.  “San Damiano” possible because I am more influenced by St Clare than St Francis now. Working on it.

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I will meet the present owners here on Sunday for a traditional Valenciano meal, as they say goodbye to their summer / weekend home.  They have said they will give me the keys next week when the deposit is paid.   I will return the hospitality and invite them to come back in a year and see what I have done: they will find a thoroughly developed and flourishing project, with happy donkeys and well tended trees and terraces.

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Watch this space…