It's such a glorious sunny day here at the Sanctuary today, so at lunchtime I took myself for a walk with camera in hand as always to go and see the donkeys. I was aiming to find Apollo, who is a Grande Noir du Berry donkey, native to France and a breed of donkey that used to pull barges on the Grand Noir canal.
I found him in one of the hospital paddocks and he obliged by coming over for a cuddle.
From there I back-tracked and took a stroll down the hill, but instead of turning right for a stroll to the beach, I turned left towards Slade Farm House where many of the Main Yard donkeys were wallowing in the sunshine.
Walking on, I took time out to look at the Russell Garden memorial plaques and contemplated the beauty of the garden itself and read the messages on flowers that had been laid in memory of loved ones.
My walk took me passed the Isolation Unit where some of the donkeys were out on the green pastures. With one of the groups of donkeys was a beautiful light brown mule called Primrose with her two friends, Eeyore and Dinky.
All the walks are beginning to benefit from the warmer weather and sunshine. The buds on the trees are beginning to burst and all the daffodils are standing proudly both in the Devon hedgerows and alongside the benches and trees along the walks.
A new walk is now in the making alongside Trow Farm and already the young saplings have been planted and have had a special helping of 'donkey doo' placed around them to give them a good start in life!
If you get a chance to come and visit, take one of the walks around the Sanctuary. You won't be disappointed by the splendour of them. It's a chance to sit and watch the donkeys at play in the fields!