Friday, January 6, 2012

Horses, ponies and donkeys

It didn't cost a lot to make Youngest really happy on this vacation. Indeed for less than a Euro you can get a big bag of happiness. In the shape of a big bag of carrots, you see, there were some horses, ponies and a donkey nearby and nothing made Youngest happier than going over to give them some carrots.....

I wasn't sure if we would do them any harm by giving them carrots when they aren't used to eating them, so, one day, as we were going over we saw some men in the garden next to their field, we asked, well, I did with some assistance from Youngest, and they said, though they aren't their horses, that there would be NO problem at all.  

GLEE

Then the animals wouldn't come.  D stood at the fence calling and whistling, and nothing happened....

Finally she thought of calling to them in Spanish, specifically, calling to them to 'come here'.  Worked a charm.  She called once, the heads all turned and in a body they headed over.  Rather more than she'd hoped for.

The donkey is proving the brightest (or greediest) of the lot, arriving first every day and getting the most too.

Happiness all around.










Seven in all.....

6 comments:

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I am a sucker for donkeys. Not sure why, maybe I relate to their stubborn streak! But there is something a little more "rustic" about them than horses. I was just looking at your thermometer - 48 F in Barcelona! Brrrr. Of course, it is much, much colder here...

elpadawan said...

nice :). Well, I'm sure Youngest was not the only one really happy feeding them ;)

J.G. said...

How funny that they are not bilingual!

Just FYI, breaking the carrots in half with a flourish often works, when words fail.

oreneta said...

Kim, donkeys are wonderful, and the chosen symbol of the Catalans too! The house was that temp inside when we came home, no heat on while we were away....brrrr.....time for a fire. It was better by morning.

ElP, indeed not, though Chuck wasn't too sure about the whole process.

JG....I'll bear that in mind, but I am not sure that carrots feature all that prominently in their diet normally.

Helen said...

If you hold the carrot by the top they will break a bit off which both makes the carrots last longer and amuses small people usually

oreneta said...

Next time we'll have to try that! I am not sure what technique the kids were using, I was hanging onto two dogs keen on exploring further up the road.....