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What great interaction with the donkey’s, its nice that so many of them came up for some time with the Donkey whisperer.
Well, if it was only me, they'd never have bothered....
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mark really has a way with the donkeys. They all seem to love him.
They certainly do. He denies it, but I think it's obvious!

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yay!!! Now that is some quality donkey time. How fun! Sometimes I think the animals save all their goofiness and cuteness for the end of the day when most visitors are gone. It's like they know they're not "on display" anymore and they can relax and be themselves!
It's funny you say that, that was the impression I got that night.
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Great time with the donkeys and amazing how playful they are with each other! They certainly have a good time here and cared for so well! Mark seems to have a knack with your boys! Too funny with the donkey that had the gas problem! I wouldn't want to be anywhere near there! Perhaps, they need to change his diet!
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Saturday 16 June – part nine: seeing more donkeys after hours

Having petted the donkeys, we wanted to wash our hands and Mark remembered that there was a hand washing station in the main barn, so we headed that way. We were able to park up outside and, as the gates were open, we headed inside. We spotted one of my adoption donkeys, Ruby (she’s the huge one), so I got some shots of her…








It felt very naughty to be in the main barn after the place had technically closed, but we weren’t the only ones here. There was an elderly guy just sitting on a bench near the entrance, so he was obviously enjoying some alone time here as well. The donkeys were certainly inquisitive to see humans at this late hour of the day!

We made our way out, passing by some of the nearby houses in the village here. As Mark said, you need to love donkeys to live here. That would work for me!




We made our way back to the bed and breakfast….




We parked up and headed across the road to the Bowd Inn, where we’d booked for dinner. As soon as we walked in, I was glad we’d booked when I saw how busy it was.



As soon as we walked in, Mark was happy as they were doing a carvery. I have to be honest, I really fancied that too, but the vegetarian option was apricot and goat’s cheese, so given I’m allergic to apricot, that didn’t work for me. I really fancied a fish dish, but the only one that they said came with the carvery was a fish pie and I wasn’t that keen on it. I had a word with our server and he basically asked what fish I’d like. I asked what could the chef do and he came back and told me that they could do grilled sea bass. Sold!

Oh my goodness, this was so good. It just tasted amazingly fresh and trust me, we have sea bass most weeks, so I know what ours is usually like from the supermarket and this was 100 times better.



Mark, of course, happily got the carvery with some meat… Ok a lot of meat then…



For dessert, I opted for the cheeseboard, which was very good…



Mark had the banana split and I hasten to add that this looked better in reality, but for some reason, the camera just didn’t want to focus properly on it.



When we were done, we settled up the check and walked back over the road to our bed and breakfast. It wasn’t long before we were in bed and asleep.

The weather today was mainly dry, but cloudy with some rain and some sun later and temperatures in the mid 60s.
Today we walked 4.3 miles.
The best thing today was having a relaxing time in the Bath Thermae Spa with everyone
The worst thing today was the rain in Bath that really shortened our time there with Anne, Sean and Sara.
The funniest thing today was those donkeys out playing!
Today we tried walking around Sidmouth’s shops
And the result was they have a good selection and a lot of unique places to go.
The most magical moment today was seeing the donkeys playing.

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How fun to see the donkeys out playing in the field before dinner.
Your dinner looked yummy, but a little too much gravy for my liking on Mark’s...
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So cute to see the donkeys frolicking and playing! Your dinners looked yummy! If I may ask, what is a carvery? To me, that is where they carve the meats in front of you (usually beef, turkey, ham, ...), but since there was a fish stew, maybe it means something different there? I’m always curious as I find our little language differences fascinating.


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Your dinner looked yummy, but a little too much gravy for my liking on Mark’s...
Yes, I'd agree with you... mind you, he does tend to drown food with gravy, vinegar, ketchup, salad cream... you get the idea!
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So cute to see the donkeys frolicking and playing! Your dinners looked yummy! If I may ask, what is a carvery? To me, that is where they carve the meats in front of you (usually beef, turkey, ham, ...), but since there was a fish stew, maybe it means something different there? I’m always curious as I find our little language differences fascinating.
No, you're spot on - that's exactly what a carvery is over here as well. It's just these days (thank goodness!) that they offer options for those who don't eat meat. Usually it's something cooked separately in the kitchen, then you can have the vegetables, potatoes etc. to go with it on your plate. It's nice, as I no longer feel excluded in the way I once did....
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Both of your dinners look delicious, how nice to have a vegetarian option. They must have run out of sticky toffee pudding for Mark.
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