Monthly Archives: September 2013

Frieda…………..Our latest arrival

A short while ago, a new donkey arrived at the “Paraíso del Burro”.  Her name is Freida and she came from a loving family near Aviles, one of the main cities of Asturias.  She is a rather shy lady and is settling in slowly, getting to know her donkey friends.  Of course she probably hasn’t seen so many of her own species in one place before now.  As is often the case here in Asturias, her elderly owners could no longer manage to look after her and they were sad to see her go.  Like many donkeys of her age, Frieda has arthritis in her legs and her hooves will also need some attention.  To me, she looks very much like Flora and she has a sweet and surprised look about her.  What do you think?Image

Walking with Donkeys

This year, for the first time, “El Paraíso del Burro” has acted as a host to people who wish to “Walk with donkeys”.  The walks are organized by Astrid and Thomas at Camping Fontebona , a tranquil camp site for nature lovers near Infiesto, and the protagonists of the project  are the lovely Añes and Lola, formerly of the Paraiso but now adopted by Astrid and Thomas.

The “Walking with Donkeys” project is open to anyone, but particularly to people who are camping at Fontebona camp site, and consists of a 4 day walk of around 14 km per day from the campsite to the Paraiso and back, mainly via green routes and tranquil country lanes.  At the end of each day the walkers, accompanied by Añes and Lola, are accommodated in guest houses (nights 1 and 3) and at the Paraiso (night 2).   This gives the participants a chance to meet the donkeys and other animals here at the Paraiso and also, to enjoy some local hospitality.  Along the way, there is never a dull moment as many local people get to know about the donkey walking and will help out with directions and “advice”.  On the day before the start of the journey there is a familiarization walk of 5km so that walkers can get to know their donkey friends and gain the knowledge they will need for their journey.

The photographs, taken by Astrid and Thomas, show some of the first families to enjoy this new experience as they set off on their journey.

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The Music of Brian Smith at the “Paraiso del Burro”

On Friday 20th September at 5 p.m. the “Paraiso del Burro” will be the location for a performance by Brian Smith – a singer-songwriter from the USA.

You are invited to come along and enjoy his music in a peaceful and beautiful location and to bring with you some food and drink to share.
You are also invited to bring along family and friends. There is no entry charge and the hat will be passed around after the performance.