It hardly seems like a year has past before all the donkey weekers are meeting again and almost picking up conversations they were having with each other this time last year.
It's the first day of Donkey Week and I'm so excited. I'm normally the first donkey out on the Main Yard, but today I have to wait my turn to meet all the donkey weekers because me and my best friend, Lady, are having our feet trimmed.
I normally write these from a hotel room, in some far flung country, but, for most of April I've been here at the Sanctuary, at my under-used desk in the Overseas Department. Why? You may ask, well the answer is Donkey Week.
This event has been cancelled
We are in the last stages of getting ready to welcome our Donkey Weekers to Sidmouth next week for which we have a full programme for them to participate in or just relax at the Sanctuary with the donkeys.
On Friday 1st May the Hayloft Restaurant at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary officially re-launches under new management. There’s a new menu, longer opening hours, customer loyalty cards and all profits are donated to the donkeys.
We are looking for donations of items of value such as china, silverware or books and your kind contribution of any unwanted collectibles will be turned into money for reaching out and improving the lives of donkeys.
Sometimes even our staff get very upset when a donkey has to be put to sleep and it turned out to be a very difficult day for Alan Brown and his team over at Trow Farm when the decision was made to put Fred Snook, a very popular donkey, to sleep.
Just the weather for walking donkeys! Today I was out taking photos of the 10 people who had come along to the Sanctuary on one of our Donkey carer days. It was lovely to meet such lovely people from all walks of life. While I was taking photos, I found out that some of them had been visiting the Sanctuary regularly for over 15 years, even though they lived great distances.
Last week Pam Moon the Area Welfare Officer for Lancashire and Cumbria sent me this photo which she entitled "Flying Donkeys " which I thought was most appropriate. I am a camera nut and take hundreds of photos of donkeys ... how I wish I could claim to have taken this one!