Well, December is here and the weather has become more seasonal. The poor donks didn't know what to do with themselves, one day was beautiful warm sunshine then the next day would be cold wet and windy. We also had a lot of fog around, so the donks tend to stay in their barns and doze or maybe groom each other. As soon as they hear a gate being opened a lot of them wander out to see what we're up to. They are very nosy and like to know what is going on.
We have been very busy doing our Christmas cards and photos, and we even made our own donkey grotto. We've also been busy with our grooming, making sure every donkey, pony and mule gets groomed so they look lovely for Father Christmas because he comes to visit all the animals as well as the children...
Most of our resident oldies have got their warm rugs on, they soon feel the cold when they aren’t moving around so much. It's a bit different for our young boys Ben and Morrishee who both look and feel like warm cuddly bears. They haven’t been able to go out to their field as the ground is too wet at the moment, so they get to have a run around on a wood chip area to let off a bit of steam.
They have been having fun and games in their barn and yard. They make it very difficult when we go in to sweep and clean up their yard. They do love to help, or is it to hinder!
Let us tell you about some of our characters, we have a lot of special ones. Mrs Merrylegs is a sweet little pony. She is 30 and is as white as snow. She has now got her lovely bright pink rug on which makes her a proper little lady. She is with her son who is called Merrylegs, yes Merrylegs! He is 26 and he is a mule. He is very bonded to his mum, when she comes out for her extra feed he stands at the gate until she has finished. He is a real mummy’s boy! Mrs M (as we call her) being the age she is hasn't got very good teeth, so we feed her with extra food to keep her weight on. She is very good at knowing what the time is, and she is often at the gate waiting for us to feed her.
We also have Sarah Smith who is the most lovable little donkey. She is 35, so she is with our oldies group. Sarah has a very special bray (well it's more like a fog horn!). For a frail old girl she has a good set of lungs. Wherever you are on the farm about dinner time you will hear Sarah telling us not to forget her.
In October Sarah had a very bad eye and had to go to the hospital. It was so quiet without her. We were so worried about her as she was really poorly, but Sarah being Sarah and tough as old boots pulled through and came home to us. It wasn't long before we knew she was home as the ol' fog horn was blowing well. It was so good to hear. She is so very special to us.
Let me (Cathy one of us grooms) tell you about my special little chap, Josh Cook. Where do I start?! He is the sweetest, sometimes naughtiest little boy. Josh is 9 and is such a character. He gets up to all sorts of situations! One day after a lot of rain he had us all running down through the fields because we heard he was stuck in a boggy part of the field! By the time we got to him he had got himself out thank goodness. We were so relieved. We brought him up to the yard to wash him off and give him some food to make sure he was OK. Straight away we could tell he was fine as he was wagging his tail as he always does. I call him my puppy (the others do laugh at me) because his tail is on the go all the time. He also has a good head butt, he flicks his head about and usually gets you. Josh has the funniest walk! His knees seem to go sideways and he lifts them quite high. He's also very good at tripping up which is very like me! We get on very well. We have little walks around the farm. He was quite a difficult little donkey but we all spent a lot of time with him, either grooming or picking up his feet and leading him around for walks. He is much calmer and better for the farrier or if anything else needs to be done to him. I’m sure Josh will pop up on our blogs every now and again.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about some of our residents. Please let us know if you want to hear about more of them in the new year.
All of us at Brookfield Farm would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.