Back from merry old England and the trip was wonderful! Have to say though, that I missed my critters a whole lot, try as I did not to think about them! They all fared well but apparently became gloomier and grumpier the longer I was gone (this reported by care-givers and hoof pickers!)
Siog in particular, is kind of a one-person donkey - she's really attached to me but can be aloof with people she doesn't know - well, she has been all over me, draping her head over my shoulder whenever I bend down to scoop poop and standing really close to me! Dorrie too, was in a bit of a funk and I had a twinkling of worry for the first day I was back. But she's fine now and forgives me, I think! They are all too plump though, which I attribute to the Fall growth we've had - grass that's probably full of sugar!
Now the rains have come (already!) and the ground is soggy, the skies grey! I am SO NOT READY for months of this!!!
Anyway, back to the trip - the highlight was meeting my cyber-space friend and fellow blogger,
FH from http://www.muleteers.com/ - and her animals and partner! That was beyond wonderful!
FH is top donk at the UK Donkey Sanctuary and has been my go-to person for all things relating to donkeys for the past 7 years. During that time, we've exchanged many emails and been fans of each other's blogs. She gave me a tour of the donkey sanctuary and it was the most beautiful and impressive place you can imagine. I haven't up-loaded my photos yet but they will follow.
We jumped on and off of trains and toured the country-side and towns (well, some parts!) England is so old compared to the west coast of Canada - the stone walls, hedge rows, narrow pathways and buildings from the 1500's were amazing.
On our last weekend, there, I attended a conference in Yorkshire on equine clicker training - 2 days of my favorite topic! Details coming in a subsequent post! It was put on by http://www.hannahdawsonequine.co.uk/conference/ if you want to read more. Now I have some art deadlines looming, but I will report back with photos and notes about the conference.
Oh and here's the video I submitted (in a HUGE hurry) before we left. It's by no means perfect and I see many ways to improve but enjoy, it was fun!