It's the end of a busy week and as I turn off my computer, I can hear donkeys braying out in the fields behind my office. With my dog, Olma, by my side, we set off for a walk around the Sanctuary before heading home.
Walking along the Donkey Weekers' Walk, there is such an abundance of colour in the >Devon hedge banks. At the beginning of the week I noticed that the foxgloves were starting to open their buds. Today, many of them were open with bumble bees laden with pollen visiting them.
As we walked round, a donkey collar was hung over a gate post - a great game for donkeys is to grab each other's collar until one of them comes off. I smile to myself!
We cross the country lane and head towards the main yard where I stop and cuddle the donkeys in the hospital paddocks before carrying on to join the walkway round to see the group of Poitou donkeys.
As I walk up the track to Buffalo Barn, I could see a pair of ears above the level of one of the barn walls. Curious as to who these belonged to, I walked closer. Just as I was about to peer over the wall, Skippy, a 13 year old donkey,showed her face. She cleverly stands on a low brick plynth on the inside to get a better view!
Looking across the fields, I could see the Poitou donkeys quietly grazing. I get noticed. Their large heads turn and look at me, but they remain motionless and watch from a distance. Gradually the group goes back to grazing and begin to move up the field.
Finally, we head back along the walkway to take a look at some of the donkeys in the Isolation unit and say goodnight to the EST donkeys standing by the gate braying at us!