after a weekend with no broadband connection, it suddenly dawned on me how much time i spend online.
some time spent updating my websites
some time emailing
but most of the time blogging
so this weekend i achieved so much more than usual!
but of course the highlight was meeting the donkeys x
a few miles up the road from our new home live a couple who have dedicated their lives to donkeys - they are not a registered charity, but they do buy donkeys from Russia that arrive in a very scared and nervous state.
they do not question how these donkeys are kept as they want to keep the line of communication open and friendly so that more donkeys can be given a home in the Highlands.
last Winter was hard - they had a lot of donkeys to look after
it broke their hearts to not be able to give each donkey the love and time it deserved each day
so this year we are so pleased to be able to offer a hand
we will take two or three donkeys at a time - they will come to stay in our new stable block and have our land to graze.
they will be thoroughly spoilt with warm deep beds, daily treats and lots of love and fuss
i plan on doing nothing else!
then they will go home and another group will take their place
we are to become a donkey spa...........
eventually we plan on owning at least one donkey of our own - we will wait until he or she chooses us x
so - that makes a pig , donkeys and sheep (borerays arriving Thursday - we hope)
mmmm - what next?
now as Monday evening approaches i sit and cannot believe how lucky i am - all i ever wanted was to surround myself with animals
i have never needed a fancy car or a huge television or designer clothes
just the animals
even if we have to eat nothing but baked beans - any animal that comes to stay with us will only have the best housing, food and kindness
so that was the weekend - hours of meeting donkeys
in the rain
but today was bright and breezy, so i took the girls on the nearest towns river walk
they just love it
a path full of new smells
reed beds to investigate
and just us three x
talulla really did not want to come home......
but - i had work to do
wonderful new wood toys to unpack, photograph and pop on the websites
scales, fruit and vegetables - i stocked these in my shop and had a set on the play table - children of all ages had great fun!
fantastic new puzzles - really simple shapes and colours and so tactile
ans a little learning whilst having fun......
they all come from a fantastic company that give a portion of their profit to build schools for children in the third world
great quality toys that do not cost a fortune
and that help others
so much nicer than plastic x