At lunchtime today, I thought I'd take a walk around the Sanctuary and for a while now, I've been meaning to head off to take new photos of what's around now that we've had a change of season. Already the leaves have begun to change colour, with a rich golden tinge to them. This is the time of year I most enjoy, because of the colour changes that we see each day.
As I made my way over to the Sanctuary, I didn't know which walk to go on, so the easiest option was to take Walk A - the first!
I didn't quite start off at the beginning (the Visitors' Centre) but joined the walk along the path by the side of the adoption donkeys that are used for donkey riding therapy at the EST centre.
Just to the right, it was a delight to stand and watch Rosie and Francesca. Rosie is the proud mum of this 20 day old foal. Francesca was fascinated when visitors came over to see them, especially those who had dogs. Her inquisitive nose enquired about each of the dogs!
I then followed the path to walk passed Shelters 1, 2 and 3. I haven't been along here for a while and noticed the new building work being carried out at Shelter 2. The old shelter has long gone and is being replaced by a design similar to the others now along this section of the walk.
All the blind donkeys at Shelter 3 were standing out in their paddock and clearly enjoying the sunshine. I stood by the fence and talked to them - with ears pricked forward, a few faces turned towards me. As I kept talking, a little chocolate brown donkey called Dawcus came over being guided by my voice. I stroked her head and ears before saying goodbye and carrying on along the path. As I turned to walk, Dawcus brayed - perhaps she was saying "thank you".
Turning left passed Shelter 4, I walked towards Torrent, a very large Poitou donkey, and his friend Gypsy. Unfortunately, they were both at the far side of their paddock, so I carried on round and spent some time watching Honey, Mavis and Ben each enjoying a donkey roll - one after the other!
Finally, I headed towards the Main Yard before heading back to my office. There is more to see on this walk, but I forgot to take a walk guide with me - I'll make a note to myself to take a guide with me next time so I don't miss out on anything!