... it's time to take a walk around the Sanctuary with camera in hand to take photos of the donkeys enjoying the sunshine and to meet and talk to the many visitors.
We have a new walkway open (Walk F) which takes in some of the resident donkeys at Trow Farm and it's here that I noticed a new donkey among them called Varna, an 8 year old donkey who came into the Sanctuary in June of this year.
As I walked by the veterinary hospital expecting to see donkeys in the hospital paddocks, a 16.2 hh shire horse was watching me! Alongside her was a 30 year old pony called Tonto. Originally Bea came into the Sanctuary in 2007 with a donkey called Emily, who sadly died. Since then, Bea and Tonto have become good friends.
Just around the corner was a donkey called Saxon who had just undergone an operation on one of his legs and was wearing yellow bandages all the way up. Sharon, one of the veterinary grooms, was about to lead him back into the hospital for box rest, when another two donkeys were walking towards us!
This time it was Springtime and Benny, two of the Education and Activities donkeys that were on their way to meet some of our younger visitors.
I walked down onto the Main Yard and popped into the Main Barn where I met Debbie Ninnim and her two children cuddling the donkeys. We chatted for a bit and one of the reasons they had come along to the Sanctuary today was because they had heard that there were going to be no more beach donkeys at Margate, close to where they live, because the operator was retiring and they wanted to see some donkeys while on holiday.
It's wonderful to see children's eyes light up when they are around donkeys. And as a treat, Stroller gets a special groom from Bethany (aged 13) and her younger sister, Maddie (aged 2) when he is on the Main Yard with the other donkeys.