Spring has arrived and out for their very first walk this year is Barney, Dixie, Shirgar, Bramble and Jasper with their donkey carers for the day - Susan, Keith, Maxine, Jean and Keith. I took this lovely photo of them all when we met up along one of the walks around the Sanctuary.
The scent of blossom was blowing in the gentle breeze and with a blue sky and just a wisp of white cloud passing, it set the scene for a donkey walk around what's known as '10 acre field' with a picnic area set alongside.
Bramble and Jasper are two new donkeys to this group of donkeys that live at Shelter 4 along the main walk around the Sanctuary. Both of them came into our care together in February 2009 and are very close friends. Wherever one is, the other is not very far away as you can see from the photo Bramble and Jasper are standing closely together on the right hand side.
I left everyone with huge big smiles on their faces as they began their relaxing stroll back to Shelter 4 where they would leave their donkeys while having lunch. I could tell that Barney, Dixie, Shirgar, Bramble and Jasper had all been thoroughly groomed earlier this morning and a sneaky part of me wonders if, when they are back in their paddock, they would be heading out to have a roll in their sandpit... another grooming session in the afternoon perhaps to make them all look so smart again!