I've been looking forward to this morning all week... it's my turn to go out for a walkabout and catch up with news from the other long-ears.
George is coming along too. He tried to go for a walk earlier in the week - even managing to sneak through the gate a couple of times before being noticed, so it's third time lucky for him.
Stepping out of the Main Yard we headed passed the Visitors' Centre and took a left turn along a very nice tasting walkway... well you've got to try it haven't you! Who should we see, but Laurel and Hardy with their short-ear pal Tim. News among the long-ears is that they may be joining us down on the Main Yard, so watch this space and the webcam as you might just see them.
Strolling on we stopped to see how Gypsy was after he lost his best friend Torrent a few weeks ago. He's got three other donkey friends with him now. Before leaving, me and George gave him a nose to nose kiss.
Miff and Gordon were next on our list to visit. Miff has no eyes at all and lives with the blind group of long-ears just like Gordon. Our grooms called out their names and they sensed where their voices were coming from and came over to see us. We love these donkeys.
George had quite a chat with them while I checked the greenery round the paddock edge… just doing a bit of trimming of the edges you understand!
Over on the left we had to stop off and gossip with the long-ears who go out to schools to meet the kids. Just look how tall Tierra is standing next to me. News among these long-ears is there's some two-leggeds coming along to groom them for a day. Hmmm... wonder if I should sneak in? Sounds exciting. What do you think?
Now George hasn't been across the road before, so I took him over to meet Muffin the mule and about 20 other long-ears. You might remember a dozen or so staff walking them over from the other side of the Sanctuary recently. Well, it looks like they're all settled in and as we walked the whole way round, we had a posse of long-ears walking with us along the fence edge. Was funny to watch Muffin as he headed the group walking and lifting his head to clear the fence posts. We didn't think he was looking, but he must have had one eye on me and George and the other where he was going!
Crossing back over the road who should be waiting with their noses over the fence, but Ashley, Mr Khan, Zena and all the other youngsters. Cheeky Ashley even grabbed hold of my lead rope to play with.
After being out for about 2 hours we headed back. Time was ticking and we didn't want to miss our lunch. Luckily we headed back when we did as lunch was just being served.