My office is based here at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. I managed to get in this morning despite the thick snow but rather than open up my emails, I made my way with Pam (our PR Assistant) to help out with the donkeys!
Farm Manager Alan Brown and his team are responsible for the care of 267 donkeys at Trow and Hurfords, two areas of the Sidmouth complex. Most of the donkeys at Trow are elderly and frail and enjoy extra, extra heat lamps to keep them warm in conditions like this.
With some of Alan’s staff unable to get through the snow to work, we reported for duty! Alan asked me to sweep and scrape two of the yards and Pam was sent off to refresh every single water-trough for the donkeys, joining up with me after to finish off the yards.
Unfortunately, having loaded up the wheelbarrow, Pam and I managed to break it pushing it through the snow! Hopefully, the wheel that fell off can be fixed and I’m pleased to say we managed to save the muck from falling out!!
I’ve worked with the donkeys before, many moons ago and had certainly forgotten the physical hard work involved with sweeping muck! However, you reap the rewards of being with the donkeys and on such a wintery day, it doesn’t get much better!
We worked around the donkeys who were happily tucking into their breakfast and every now and then I’d get a nudge for a cuddle. At times like this, we have to muck in and help where possible so that the donkeys receive the best of care, come rain, shine or snow!
I’ve managed to take some pictures of the donkeys and the local scenery. Some of the donkeys seem to be enjoying the warm sunshine and I did catch a few dozing. Ah bless!