It's Monday morning and both myself and Amanda Gordon are on our way up to Chalford in Gloucestershire to meet the Cineflix crew filming for Animals at Work scheduled to be shown later in the year.
We stopped off at The Crown Inn where Lizzie Ellis, one of our regional welfare officers, was waiting for us before heading over to Westley Farm where Teddy, the now famous Chalford donkey lives with his companion Chester.
As we drove up the narrow lane, Anna Usbourne who set up the Chalford donkey project was already being interviewed by the film crew with both donkeys in their field edged by traditional Cotswold stone walls with a view looking down into the Chalford valley.
Once Teddy is fully trained and ready to take up his role of delivering shopping to residents up the steep pathways, he and Chester would move into the village itself to be on hand for deliveries.
After having one training course earlier in the year, today's filming was to capture Teddy being trained to carry panniers. At this stage, he isn't ready for a full set so it was all about familiarisation of 'dummy' panniers and having a balanced weight across his back.
Lizzie introduced Teddy to each item slowly by letting him look, smell and feel in his mouth before gradually moving round to his side and putting them across his back. Chester, his one year old companion, was eager to help and every now and again came up alongside and grabbed the corner of the saddle rug ... just putting it straight you understand!
Anna then went through the same process again while being filmed and Teddy behaved extremely well as she led him around the field. With everything going well, the next step was to walk Teddy into the village with the film crew following where they would interview some of the children in Chalford before finishing with an interview with Anna and some shots of Teddy walking up one of the narrow paths.
While Amanda and Lizzie went with them, I drove the car down into Chalford where one of the parents was waiting for the children. "We live on Rack Hill where donkeys used to walk up to deliver bread to the residents and it's lovely to have that old tradition revived."
Rack Hill got its name from the time when the thriving cloth industry in Chalford used to stretch wool out on hooks to dry. Because the hill is very steep and criss-crossed with narrow paths, there is no vehicular access for residents living on the hill.
As Teddy came into view, residents along the High Street came out to watch and were delighted to see him doing so well with his training.
With the interviews over and the filming finished, it was time for Teddy to walk home. Amanda walked and chatted with Anna while I took Teddy's lead rope and strolled up towards Westley Farm. As we came into view of the farm, we could see Chester happily grazing in his field and as we walked closer, he caught sight of us and came running over to greet us all, especially Teddy.
It's uncanny how Teddy's colour and markings resemble that of one of the Chalford donkeys that originally carried deliveries up Rack Hill.