lundi 21 septembre 2015

Across the landscapes of Extremadura (Campinho - Villaharta, July 2015)

Barn swallows ballet in Villaharta (August 1st, 2015)

Andalusian donkeys (Villaharta and Obejo, Summer 2015)

As we were discovering the Villaharta region with Rafael and Maite, we went to have a look at the village of Obejo. The holm oak and olive tree landscapes around are stunning. And the little Mudejar style church is lovely. Of course, we always keep an eye on local breeds. In Obejo, there are two Andalusian donkeys around the village, apparently left a bit on their own.

Villaharta also has its Andalusian donkey (below). Easier to approach and seemingly looking after the village from above... As we keep chatting with the locals, we even get a chance to discover in the basement of one of Rafael's neighbors the complete material of the perfect donkey shearer...

jeudi 10 septembre 2015

Amazing Catalan donkeys!

Rainy September morning. Off with Inigo and Josep to the Berga area, in the heart of Catalunya. We meet Joan Gasso Bertran and his 150 donkeys in Fuives. Some amazing individuals like the jacks Galet and Trill (below), a 38 years old jennet,... We discuss ideal size, the future of the breed - probably something in the range of 800 individuals today -, the evolution of their teeth,...

Joan even set up a little museum with all sorts of objects

The visit ends up with watching a little movie, buying some donkey milk soaps and ... having lunch in Berga to continue the conversation. Catalan donkeys are definitely the Rolls Royce of donkeys: elegance, the black and white contrast,...