A week of rain. A week. Still, Portugal needs it after a very dry summer so we mustn’t grumble. It was just a week. Not too long. Just a week. Seven days. Actually I lie. It was really six days as there was one good day in amongst the seven wet ones. So, six days then. Not a week at all.
As we weren’t cooped up in the van it didn’t bother us. The donkeys were miserable though. They really don’t like the rain. They are desert animals after all so who can blame them. They don’t have a double layer waterproof suit so they are susceptible to skin problems if they stay wet for long periods. Normally the older ones go to various different grazing spots during the day (I call it donkey day care) but when it’s wet they’re confined to barracks as that’s the only place where there is any shelter from the rain. And they get bored. Sooo bored. It’s also tricky trying to feed twenty donkeys inside when it’s wet as there isn’t much room and hooves start flying as they jostle for the best positions.
The donkeys weren’t the only ones who were bored. When we took the dogs out on Friday they were all absolutely manic. Not so many volunteers turned up so we went out with our usual three for an hour and then came back to get three more.
Trying to get three hyper dogs all booted and spurred ready to go out was no mean feat. Tim just leaves me to it and waits for me to hand him a lead or two when they are ready. No chance of him getting muddy.
But the monsoon season appears to be over now as we have had wall to wall sunshine for the last couple of days.
Meanwhile back at the band Tim has been busy with various rehearsals, functions and festivities. Food seems to always feature at the various different functions he has played at.
A week or so ago they did a tour of four villages doing a short concert at each of them and food was provided at all but one of them. I received several text messages throughout the day just keeping me abreast of what was going on: 1st concert and meal finished. 2nd finished, no food! 3rd one, on a roll, port and cake! They stopped after that but later he smugly told me that a three course dinner was laid on after the last concert.
The final concert before the New Year was on Saturday where the band played at a Christmas meal for one of the local banks who had donated some money to buy some new instruments. A new bass clarinet, timpani, euphonium and glockenspiel have now been added to the bands stable of instruments.
So with that I’ll wish all of you ‘Boas Festas’ whatever you are doing and thank you all for reading the blog this year.
Até a próxima!