Tricky Donkeys

Our school gate keeps jumping off its track, making it very hard to close. This weekend, it was not closed all the way for some reason or another. When the school gate is closed, the school is like a fortress because it is completely surrounded by a chain link fence, with razor wire on the top and bottom. There are a few small holes, but only a small child could get through those, and no animals. As a result, there is a lot of nice, delicious green grass that the cows, sheep, goats, and donkeys always try to eat.

Over the weekend, since the gate was opened, cows and donkeys came into the school ground and ate up our flower garden, for the second time. Luckily, our food gardens have fences around them, so our veggies are still ok.

I came to school on Monday and noticed the low lying ground around the kitchen was quite wet and muddy. It hadn’t rained anytime recently, let alone enough to create a small flooded area. So I was confused. I wondered if the tap had been left on, but that seemed unlikely. Later in the day I ask Mma Makobo about it, and she said the donkeys and cows opened the tap with their tongues! Crazy, but I actually believe it! We have resourceful and talented livestock in my village…and apparently thirsty ones. The watering holes have all dried up…
-Jen

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About Jen Daugherty

Christ follower. Writer. Permaculturist. RPCV. Photographer. Real Food Eater. Daughter of God.

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