The donkeys stepped out of their trailer like the regal beings that they are, imperious and curious and annoyed at having been pushed into a trailer. They are adapting. We got them to think it was all their idea.
If you ever need a donkey moved, you cannot do better than Ken Norman, our farrier and friend, and Eden, his donkey-moving deputy. The two are smart, strong and calm, essential traits for moving willful and wily donkeys. We are grateful.
It has been a long and intense process and it is not nearly over yet. But we took a big step towards our new home when Ken Norman came to bring the donkeys over to the new farm. I did a little movie, starting yesterday, working through this afternoon that will hopefully capture a feel for the day and the process. We are drained, worn, exhausted. The new farm is beginning to be the center. Bedlam Farm has three chickens and two barn cats and we will be staying there awhile longer.Tonight, we are staying over in our new home.
We have a nice fire going and will spend our first night here. The dogs have their yard, the sheep are settled, the donkeys edgy but exploring. The donkey move was a big one, and we are all adjusting – the donkeys, Rocky, us. We got a fifth sheep today, and she and Red tangled and I included some footage of that too. Come and see.
After a few minutes, Rocky simply set out on his usual routine, out to graze in the early afternoon. The donkeys looked astonished to see him, keeping their distance. He paid them little attention. I think they will be hanging out in a few days. Video to come.
It was remarkable to see these two well-known and much loved animals meet this afternoon. A lot of people around the world were waiting to see how it might go. It was less dramatic than we feared, much sniffing and snaring. Simon came up to get a close look and Rocky was seeking him out, listening and sniffing. I think they will soon be hanging out together.
The move went well. Ken Norman and his associate Eden got the donkeys onto the trailer without too much of a struggle and the donkeys were eager to explore every inch of the new farm. They are now grazing with the sheep. Video coming tonight or early tomorrow – lot of footage to go through. We are spending the night at our new home. Ben moved a bed and dresser in, along with our hay feeder. Ben just continues to me an amazing presence in the move, the glue and heart and craftsmanship that is making it all happen. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. Ken Norman too. I've known Ken since I came to the farm, and he has seen me at my best and worst, and my appreciation and admiration for him does nothing but grow.