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Last week saw the start of the donkeys being 'turned out' for the first time on the grass from their Winter quarters. Today it was the turn of the donkeys at East Axnoller Farm.
The 157 acre farm is some 35 miles from the main Sanctuary and nestles in the Dorset hills at the starting point of the River Axe. Last year otters and water voles had been seen on the river after many, many years of being absent.
In the early hours of this morning, I hit on the idea that I'd like to have a go at making some videos, so armed with camera and spare batteries, I drove off optimistic that the weather weather would change. Having moved to Devon in October 2007, I've learnt that the weather is very changeable!
Lunchtime arrived and as I looked out of the office window, there was blue sky and sunshine - perfect conditions to head out and see what I could find to video.
There's always someone interesting to see when you take a walk around the Sanctuary and today was no exception. I'd never really noticed mules, but a certain mule called Primrose held me in her trance.
I thought mules only came in one colour - dark brown, but Primrose is a lovely honey brown colour (technically referred to as dun). With her were Eeyore and Dinky grazing in one of the Isolation Unit paddocks that are round on Walk C, one of the many walks around the Sanctuary.
It's such a glorious sunny day here at the Sanctuary today, so at lunchtime I took myself for a walk with camera in hand as always to go and see the donkeys. I was aiming to find Apollo, who is a Grande Noir du Berry donkey, native to France and a breed of donkey that used to pull barges on the Grand Noir canal.
I found him in one of the hospital paddocks and he obliged by coming over for a cuddle.
If you get a chance to come and visit us, I dare you to not only fall in love with the donkeys, but also the beauty and tranquility of the rolling countryside where the Sanctuary is based.
Although I work at the Sanctuary, my partner Dave, and our dog, Olma, spend many hours cuddling donkeys along one of the walks around the Sanctuary.
I’ve been looking forward to today as>Colin Goldsworthy our farrier dropped in to put on a new pair of plastic shoes for me. Every four weeks, he comes down and takes off the old pair and replaces them with a nice shiny pair with little studs on the bottom.
My friend Lady was also having new shoes, so we both waited together with our grooms, Kelly and Tansi, while Colin gathered all his tools together.