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After what seems like months of perpetual rain, the sun has come out at last. Just the sort of weather to be sitting in a park listening to a brass band!
And that's exactly how me and my partner, Dave, spent the afternoon. The Ross-on-Wye Town Band were giving an afternoon performance to help raise funds for the Sanctuary.
It's 7.00 am and there's a chorus of brays as I arrive at the Isolation Unit to help 'muck out'. The braying has nothing to do with me turning up, but were the voices of donkeys waiting eagerly for their morning feed!
I gathered a wheelbarrow and tools and headed off to the first stable where I found George and Geoffrey, two inquisitive donkeys who inspected every corner to make sure it was up to their usual standard. After sweeping their yard, I gave them a cuddle before moving on to the next stable.
Just thought I'd bring you up to date with my friend Lady. You may remember that I went into hospital with her to make sure she was comfortable and have a friendly face waiting after the vet took foot x-rays.
She was as good as gold and stood very patiently... not like me! Can't stand still for more than a minute - too much to see and do!
We have been having a busy week in the vet projects department as a research study that we have recently published has caught the attention of the media, including BBC Radio Devon and BBC News Online.
It's 8 o'clock and all is very quiet down on the Main Yard. A few members of staff arrive with buckets of extra feed for the elderly donkeys and there's a chorus of brays. Inside one of the Main Yard stables is Lady and Little Pippa who I've come to see before they go into veterinary hospital to have x-rays taken of Lady's feet.
After a very busy week judging Britain's Best Beach Donkey competition, our press office announced the winners today.
It wasn't long before the press phones were ringing with reporters wanting more information to write their stories.Dawn Vincent passed a few of these on who wanted live interviews for their radio programmes. Having never done this before, it seemed quite daunting, but all the people I spoke to put me at ease and I found myself forgetting that there was an audience the other end!