Category Archives: Open day
It has been a very busy couple of months at the Donkey Paradise, but luckily there have also been lots of wonderful volunteers from all over Europe, and beyond, to help with the work and activities. Also, Marleen was happy to have her daughter, Grietje, and her family over for a holiday with her and the animals.
We have a lovely new donkey called Matias. He is quite old and unfortunately has not had a good life so he will need some care and attention but he already has a kind sponsor – Ria. He was very wary at first but he is responding to love and attention and he has the loudest bray which Marleen likens to the siren of a boat in the fog!
Some dear friends of the Donkey Paradise, Frank and Helma came again from Holland for their summer holiday, which is more like a working holiday. This time they brought with them an enormous trailer loaded with goodies – a beautiful wooden house and a car port. The car port will be used mainly as a shelter for the dogs as it can get extremely hot here in the summer months. Thank you to Helma and Frank and to those who helped them in the erecting of these buildings. The summer house will have a special use – more about this in a later blog.
At the beginning of August we held our Open Day and this was well-attended and enjoyed by donkeys and visitors alike. Perhaps you can pick out some of the donkeys you know in these photos.
Our Open Day on Sunday 4th August was a great success, with the donkeys on their best behavior. The table was laid and the food was arranged whilst the donkeys were peacefully grazing in the meadows, however, the summer breezes quickly carried the scents of cabbage, carrots, apples and pieces of bread to their nostrils as a row of heads soon appeared at the fence.
The hot weather added to the lively atmosphere around the table as the donkeys enjoyed their banquet, watched over by enthralled adults and children who joined in the party atmosphere. It didn’t take them very long to devour all the food on the table and then they went to mingle with their guests hoping for an extra treat or a stroke behind their ears.
This was our final donkey banquet for 2013 but the donkeys will still enjoy their daily supply of fresh vegetables with their meals throughout the year. The next Open Day will be on Sunday 6th October.
The donkeys at the refuge El Paraiso del burro in Asturias, Northern Spain, enjoy a picnic of their favourite foods.
There were no candles or wine at the picnic on our open day, but it really was a great party! My donkey friends, living in El Paraiso del Burro, were invited to eat at the table. You can see in the photos that it was all specially prepared for us. The only things missing were candles and wine!
We have said that this summer we’ll have more donkey-parties and this pleases me a lot! But hopefully next time they might set the table with a little notion of donkey culture. We asses behaved in an exemplary fashion, as you can see in these photos.
On behalf of all my colleagues, with a friendly hoof print from PLATERO
Our next Open Days are:
Sunday 1st July
Sunday 5th August
From 11am to 2 pm
We are very grateful to everyone who kindly donates money for the donkeys at “El Paraíso del burro” and for those of you who have donated money towards the well-being of Juliet here is a recent photograph of her as she feeds in the meadow. As you can see, Juliet is getting a little fatter but we need to be careful that she doesn’t put on too much weight. She eats very well and really enjoys her food. When she is in the stable with the other donkeys she can certainly stick up for herself and will push away any other donkeys who try to get near to her portion of carrots and apples.
You are invited to come and see Juliet and the other donkeys and animals at the next Open Day on Sunday 5th June, 2011 from 11 am to 2 pm.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO KINDLY DONATE
TOWARDS JULIET AND HER FRIENDS.