If you are like me and a follower of the Minack Chronicles, you'll be saddened to learn that Susie Tangye has died at the age of 29. She brings to a close the final chapter of Derek and Jeannie's lives on the Cornish clifftops but their memories will live on.
Yesterday morning, I went to Trow Farm to help Kelly and Sandra as a groom. We put the donkeys in the “Donkey Weeker” barn to brush them and although some of the donkeys were initially not keen to come in from playing outside, we were able to encourage them to go in. Once in the barn, we put head collars on the donkeys one by one and began to groom them.
The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary says donkeys and mules on the Greek Island of Santorini are still suffering from abuse; now the charity has launched a campaign to raise awareness of their plight and a petition to stop their suffering.
Phil and I have just returned from a week in the sunshine of south-west France - so imagine our delight when we were asked by Maxine Carter, farm manager here at The Sanctuary, to spend a morning furthering our French sojourn in the company of the Poitou donkeys!
A free donkey care workshop taking place in Essex on Friday 2nd July 2010 run by the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has places available and is inviting local donkey owners and enthusiasts to come along and spend a day learning more about these amazing animals.
Last week I met a truly inspirational couple. It was a lovely sunny morning when I went over to the Visitors' Centre to meet Judy and Alan Bishop, where I found them busily stocking up on donkey goodies.
The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth will be holding a half term holiday workshop for children on Wednesday 2nd June 2010.
This interactive event will follow a Father’s Day theme, which will include the opportunity to create tie shaped door hangers, Father’s Day cards or rosettes and even have a go at clay moulding. There will also be colouring and a sand pit for the younger children.*
Passing on our knowledge to Canadian donkeys today, I had the privilege of meeting and spending time with Kim Hayes, the new Operations Manager from a similar organisation to ours called The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, which is based near Toronto in North America.
We’ve just installed a new webcam for our supporters to watch the Poitou donkeys!
However, this comes at a price - it costs around £1,000 per year to keep each high-quality camera running and maintained. So, in order for us to offer views of our donkeys 24/7 we need to raise almost £3,000 a year in donations to pay for all three webcams.
What a great day we had with the donkeys as Quality Time Volunteers! Beautiful sunshine and paddocks of donkeys all waiting for grooming and cuddles. Some walk straight up and demand to be groomed, others circle round - hoping to be noticed, others pretend they don't want the attention and then immediately cave the moment we touch them!