|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Now moving on from the disaster of Geronimo. As was said by a kind sympathiser .... ' don't worry, it could have been worse, you could have been playing football for Brazil.' Court action now begun to reclaim money owed by Mike Thomas of Mike's Donkeys, Kidwelly. Watch this space to see what happens.... on the good news news front items about Counterpart in the Daily Mail and the Western Morning News. This thanks to the efforts of Lee Armitt, the hard working media man for Parkinson'sUK. The pieces refer to a 63 year old Cornish widower....suddenly realise they mean me....
|Posted by email@example.com on July 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Back home at Freathy to lick wounds and to consider advice given by the excellent Alison Beck of the donkey sanctuary. She is advising the two donkey solution. Two smaller donkeys, instead of one uber donkey such as Geronimo. (If trained) they will follow one another and cause much less hassle. So the next question is where to find two donkeys that are trained and will follow each over rough country without bolting at the first sign and causing total chaos and danger to life and limb? The good thing is that there is no hurry. We will take our time, plod along slowly, until the right donkies come along. Meanwhile it is on with promoting One Million Euro and Counterpart. Starting with .... 'Buy a copy of Counterpart and £1 goes to Parkinson's research.'
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 27, 2014 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
It would be good to be able to report that Mike of Mike's Donkeys in Kidwelly is a Whimsical Welsh Wizard who marches to his own tune and is all the better for it. But sending us whicker shopping baskets, without girth, instead of proper panniers is a step too far in anyone's language. Geronimo threw them off straightaway. And trained? Well yes, for the beach and parades maybe. For going across rough country carrying panniers full of camping equipment? Absolutely not!
|Posted by email@example.com on June 25, 2014 at 5:45 AM||comments (0)|
Got Geronimo back to camp finally. He bolted threw off his panniers and almost caused an accident on a road. He is a lovely donkey but not trained for going cross country on his own. We were also promised good quality panniers. They turned out to be large size wicker shopping baskets which perched on the top of his back - and which he could throw off very easily. A phone call to Mike of Mike's Donkeys is upcoming.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Complement au mot de bienvenue : "Bienvenue a nos amis francais et francophones qui nous accompagneront...". Nos amis francophones sont pries d'excuser cet oubli de ma part.
A difficult day here. Trying to get Geronimo to take the panniers with our equipment. The panniers are really too small. But we are where we are and we will have to adapt as best we can. We will set off tomorrow over Carn Brea and keep fingers crossed it works out. It can only get better!
|Posted by email@example.com on June 20, 2014 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Bienvenue a nos lecteurs francais qui nous accompagneront dans notre randonnee avec Geronimo pour plusieurs semaines. Le temps est magnifique, l'ocean est un lac, l'herbe est grasse a souhait pour notre ane. Les choses serieuses pour lui commenceront samedi matin quand il demarrera avec 42kg de bagages sur le dos. Mais il est costaud, grand, calme, c'est un St-Andre brun clair avec une croix foncee sur le dos et des pattes tigrees. A bientot.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 20, 2014 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
Yesterday Alison Beck who is the Cornwall representative for the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth came to see us. We had an intensive few hours talking donkey feet and grooming and feed. More of this ( fascinating) detail as we progress. Last night we attached to a farm gate our mini electronic weighing device. The panniers are much smaller than we hoped for and we are going to have a problem getting everything in. As we weighed bag after bag we were horrified by the amount of kit we had accumulated. It seemed to have expanded beyond all reason. Then Jeanne, who is of a scientific turn of mind,checked the calibration on the machine and found we we were weighing in Chinese ( or maybe Japanese) Jin. When we changed the setting to kilos the weight tumbled. Relief all round. I think there is discreet amusement on the farm campsite here. This is a working farm where animals are animals and live in fields. By comparison we are treating Geronimo like a new born baby.
|Posted by email@example.com on June 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Geronimo is here! The wonderful transporter Paul Cannon of Plymouth went out of his way ( in so many senses) to repair damage done to all our plans and get him down here to us. It was quite a moment when he came down out of the transporter and stood blinking in the field overlooking Land's End. We have been talking to him, grooming him and feeding him carrots( but not too many). As the sun was setting we were eating pasties and drinking red wine out of tin cups as he munched away on the grass. Everyone says we have to stay with him here on the site at Trevedra for two or three days until we have 'bonded'. First disruption was this morning at 4.30 am when he brayed extremely loudly, waking us and probably everyone else on the camp site. I suppose he was just announcing his presence.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 16, 2014 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
While we wait the arrival of the donkey on the 17th we have been exploring the area. According to the British Horse Society there is a bridlepath called the Tinner’s Way which will take us up through this part of Cornwall. However when we start to explore it we find that in the space of two miles it has been blocked twice. One kind person has ripped out the indicator markers by the side of his house and blocked the path with barbed wire and another has effectively blocked the path by sectioning off the field with an electric fence installation. What sort of people do this? A compensation is that the weather is lovely and that the owners of the camp site are very friendly.
|Posted by email@example.com on June 15, 2014 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
Finally arrived Trevedra Farm Camping near Land’s End. Date of arrival? The 13th. Day? Friday. State of moon? Full. It, the moon, looks at us with solemn eye from low on the horizon. It is a sort of dull brownish colour. Jeanne says that in French this is called a Lune Rousse and is generally an indication of unstable weather ahead. According to Wikipedia this translates into English as a Pink Moon. We are crossing fingers and throwing salt over our shoulders to try and counter these strange phenomena.