Debating whether to go and feed the donkeys now because it's stopped raining but it's a bit early for them...or wait 'til later when it'll no doubt be hammering down again but at least it'll be more into their routine...
Our animals are such creatures of habit and the donkeys more so than the dogs and cats...I was a bit late this morning and Jack soon let me know...leaning over the gate hee-hawing for all he was worth...he is a bit of a greedy guts is Jack. We're still trying out different concentrates for them...some are horribly expensive and make them fat and read the label and it's soon apparent why...Molasses was listed as the first ingredient and therefore in the highest proportion on one bag we bought...was rather like feeding a small child on bars of chocolate all day long...
Now they have a sort of chopped chaff mixed with plain oats...Neddy's teeth are not what they were so he has to have something which doesn't require much chewing...the chaff smells really nice and appetising...it has vitamins and minerals and salts mixed in with it.
Nancy was up here first thing...standing outside the gate looking decidedly bedraggled...she wouldn't come in though ,probably because Eilis was dashing hither and thither barking at the top of her voice...Bobby and Millie both like Nancy...Eilis doesn't...and what Eilis says goes.
Her family have all gone off to a Christening today...they've gone a bit silly recently...way over the top with a huge meal laid on and extremely expensive gifts for the baby...Wendy was worrying for ages about what to buy the baby because there is an awful lot of one-up-man- ship involved...she said she could imagine everyone looking at the gift from her family and turning their noses up...I told her to ignore anyone who did that...plain rude if you ask me...which no-one was.
Not so long ago the Parish Priest baptised about a dozen babies en masse during a Sunday morning Mass...everyone stood in a queue to get their squalling child sprinkled with cold water and then went off to the 'pub for a couple of jars and that was it...
They have elaborate cakes now and cards and it all costs a small fortune...and the Priest expects an invite to the 'do' afterwards as well as a decent donation to the Church funds...
Still isn't raining so I'll go and feed the old men now...