I am back from my vacation. The Flower Market is bursting with local product. The special Connecticut dahlias are starting to show up: such beauties! All the 'weedy' field type flowers that I love are available by the bucketful.
We have new customers as a result of Marisa's stellar job of holding down the fort and I am so grateful to have been able to get away for my week of donkey madness!
I was going to take this trip alone, thinking that my husband would be bored to death by the narrow scope of my vision for our vacation, but he was eager to go and I'm grateful he was along to take on some driving. Well, half of the driving.
There are so many photos that didn't turn out well, but here are a few of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, Ontario.
This place is devoted to the well being of abused, abandoned and surrendered donkeys. They are never adopted out, although it's possible that the satellite foster homes will put theirs up for adoption. The stories of abuse are heartbreaking, but many donkeys were mostly ignored with overgrown hooves and results of basic neglect. This is their home forever and the staff knows each and every one of them. It is the most altruistic place I've ever been to.
This is Joey. He's forty eight. He has arthritis so doesn't get up much but he loves the attention of the visitors.
This guy was swatting at flies and hiding from a whipping wind that blew hard during our visit. The guy peeking around the corner is Apollo.
I don't know this guy's name but I love the photo. Donkeys are cautious and their behavior is sometimes a bit comical as they slowly test the waters of their immediate enviroment.
I couldn't resist taking this photo. The donkey was asleep against the fence, standing there by himself and enjoyed my ear massages while he snoozed away. When he woke up, he offered his muzzle and 'chewed' my fingers with his lips.
Our last destination in Upstate New York was Kris's farm. She blogs at The Dancing Donkey about her herd and her dog Tanner. I wish I'd had an extra day to spend with her. We left at eight from Canada, but didn't arrive at the farm until three.
Her donkeys, Emma and Ramsey have a lot of followers and readers who are enriched by her wisdom and delighted with the antics of this mother and her 'baby' who is actually a year old now. Ramsey develped a terrible hoof infection when he was very young and we all followed daily for updates of his care at Cornell. Cornell is apparently where one wants to be for such care and they brought Ramsey back from a very close call to the relief of Kris's readers and obviously for Kris as well. The post-care was arduous and long and Kris did an amazing job of caring for this little guy.
I couldn't wait to meet them. Here they are!
Ramsey and Kris with Emma
Emma and Ramsey and Joe
Kris's beautiful farm she built herself. Jeez.
Beautiful, sweet Tessa
Weddings coming up for the last of summer and the fall. My last donkey blog for a while. Thank you Kris for your generous hospitality and for sharing these amazing equines with us. We WILL be back sometime.