The fields around Jimena are often full of bullocks. I spotted this handsome fellow last weekend in his rather fetching yellow earrings. As a vegan, I find it best not to think about what life he will have but to focus on the fact that he is free to roam a large field and has his friends for company here and now.

This is most likely my last post of 2014. We have guests coming for the festive season so I’d better get my head out of blogging and be sociable 😉 I would like to say a big thanks to all of you for following me and for your words of encouragement. I have big plans for next year! So I wish you a peaceful solstice, a cool yule, a merry Christmas and happy holidays! See you all next year x


The mule down by the river


I photographed this mule on a sunny day last week down in the valley by the river. He was very happy having found his way to a nice lush patch of grass and couldn’t even be bothered to look up at me. I THINK he’s a mule and not a horse, I have never really worked out the differences. I do know he’s NOT a donkey 🙂 He was quite hairy but his mane was quite thin – I wanted to draw him in a thick mane but resisted the temptation. He was hobbled; his front legs loosely tied together which meant he could move about but not get too far. This is cruel and I believe may not even be legal now, however I passed another mule further along that had a tether to one leg tied to a rock and he was not happy about it at all as the patch of grass he wanted was just out of reach, so I feel maybe the hobbled mule was better off. I have a friend who will un-hobble them if she sees it but I am not so brave as to want to get near those hooves, that’s for sure. It is very much the Spanish way here.