Helpx number 5 continues…. .

So our donkey extravaganza continues 🙂  We have been at Burros and Artes for two weeks now and the time has just whizzed by.

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Chico giving Tim a nibble!

The weather has been warm and sunny every day which makes the work a pleasure and never a chore.  Tim and I have been doing various jobs alongside the donkey care.  We needed to prepare a small area for three new donkeys which were arriving so that they could be separated from the main pack for a few days before gradually integrating them.

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Repairing the electric fence ready for the new arrivals.

The electric fence needed to be repaired and the ground strimmed free of vegetation before their arrival.

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Strimming the ‘quarantine’ area for the new ones.

They are on a two month trial here to see if the land here suits their feet/hooves better.  There was much excitement when they arrived last week.

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Martha, Elfrieda and Isadora arrive.

It was the first time they had been transported so they were a bit stressed when they arrived but soon settled down.

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Showing them to their new home.

They are oh so pretty but a bit shy.  They are beginning to get a bit bolder now though.

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Making themselves at home.

We had quite a noisy two days after they arrived with much donkey braying and general boisterous behaviour from them all.  The original plan was to keep the three new arrivals separated from the resident pack for a few days but Falco managed to get through the electric fence to say hello and took quite a shine to the two new ladies!  Best laid plans and all that!  They are all in together now and seem to be getting on.

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Looking settled after a couple of days.

Sophia’s plan for the donkeys is to split them up into two groups during the day in different pasture areas.  The large field behind the house is to be one area but we needed to repair the electric fence and strim the vegetation around it.

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I wasn’t to be outdone and did my share of the strimming!

It was quite a big job but we made good progress over a few days and the field is now ready.

Sophia showed us how to tether three donkeys together to walk them up to the field which was easier said than done!  As long as they keep moving it’s fine but if one decides to stop for a snack on the way then everything disintegrates into chaos!

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Taking the oldies up to the pasture behind the house.

Sophia, with her mother, has managed to walk eleven donkeys at the same time in this way but I think three were enough for us especially if Margarida is lead donkey as she does like her food!

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Romano leading the way.

Romano is the eldest donkey at around thirty years old.  Up until a couple of days ago he was allowed special privileges and roamed free range around the garden.

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Romano likes to join us for lunch!

Unfortunately, he has been eating the roses and damaging some trees so he is now back in with the other ones and he’s none too happy about it!  He tries to escape back into the garden at every opportunity!  He’s a wise old boy!

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Romano pops in to say hello to Sophia!

We’ve also been doing some grooming which goes down well with most of the donkeys.  It’s a bit of a treat for them as they do enjoy it.

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Romano enjoys a daily groom up!

Aside from the donkeys we have been to the local Christmas market in Aljezur.  It was mainly frequented by Dutch, German, French and English families who live in this area making and selling their own crafts and produce.

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Aljezur Christmas market.

Music was laid on too.

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We’ve also been learning about Nepalese cuisine and culture from Maden, our fellow Helpxer who is from Nepal.  He showed us how to make Momo, a type of South Asian dumpling.

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Maden makes Momos!

I think it’s fairly obvious which one I made without Tim pointing his sticky mitt at it!

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Hmm, I need a bit more practice on the presentation.

So, all in all we’ve had a busy two weeks and we love it here.  The countryside is beautiful and we are planning on doing some hiking on our days off over the next few weeks as I think we’d like to stay here at least six weeks.

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The view from the top of the hill.

Finally, we have at last had the boiler repaired. Yay!  We drove back to Camperserv at the end of last week so we now have heat and hot water again.  Not that we need it at the moment as our Helpx accommodation is great with the added bonus of a wood burner which we are making full use of!

Feliz Netal!

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We are Jane and Tim and we recently gave up our jobs and rented out our house to persue a life of travel across Europe in our motorhome called Ollie.

2 thoughts on “Helpx number 5 continues…. .”

  1. How wonderful. Good work you have been doing! And in great company, family, donkeys and a good chef! Enjoy!

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