Wednesday, March 02, 2016

WE SURVIVED THE BUS TOUR..........!!!

OH......MY........!!!  THAT'S A BIG BUS

     Talk about panic, when we saw that bus coming in the driveway.  Hay trucks make it thru, but they aren't quite a spiffy as a fancy tour bus.  Lynn and Linda came out to help with crowd control  Lynn had a small chain saw in their truck, so he basically cut a path for the bus.  In fact he made such an impression on one of the women, she had to take his picture with his chain saw.......LOL
     Once the bus made it around the driveway, I went on the bus to explain where they were and what we do.  I'm sure it's fun to get on a bus and head out for the unknown, but once you get there, it's probably nice to know what's going on.  
     The bus was full, so I think all 53 women were there, I didn't count them.....!!  They were a great bunch of visitors from Mesa doing an overnight to Cochise County.  They had been to Bisbee to the Copper Queen Mine Tour, Kartchner Caverns for a tour, then here, and were on their way to a wine tour in Willcox from here.  They asked a lot of good questions I tried to answer, then I got out of the way and turned them loose.  Needless to say after having to stay in their pens all day, the donkeys were absolutely thrilled to see LOTS of people with cups of pellets.



 QUILLA WITH AN ADMIRER ALL TO HIMSELF


 DAISY WORKING HER "AREN'T I CUTE" ROUTINE


JOHN WAS HOLDING COURT WITH THIS GROUP, THEY WERE ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS

TIME TO GET BACK ON THE BUS
DOUG AND SADDIK SAYING GOOD-BYE

All in all I think it went very well, everyone seemed to have a good time, no big crisis that I know about and Jose the bus driver can take his bus home intact.  Thank goodness we have 3 bathrooms in the house, they were a big hit too........!!! LOL 


6 comments:

arte white said...

I really like your white shelter in the background of two of your pictures. I searched, but could not find any info on them. Are these something you guys created, or are they a kit?
My donkeys eat wood and these would be a great alternative for summer.

Tish said...

The framework is actually from one of the portable garages with a tarp covering. Unfortunately in Arizona the tarps sun rot by the time summer is over, doesn't matter what their warranty says. The framework was 20 feet long, so we split to 10 feet to make 2 shelters and covered it with the roofing sheets that are fiberglas or plastic or some type of material from Home Depot. They have held up very well for years, except for the donkeys getting bored and chewing chunks out of the edges. But they have worked very well. My next project is a shelter make out of pallets. http://www.hometalk.com/2397731/building-a-shelter-out-of-pallets

ellie k said...

Our zoo here in Tampa received a French Poitou donkey as a gift. They said it is very rare and in 1980 ther was an estimated 80 pure bred donkeys in the world. Now there are maybe 2500. There a a number of zoos in the states that have them now. I thought this might be of interest to you. It said in cold climates there hair grows and forms dreadlocks In the winter.

Tish said...

The Poitous are really neat looking, although carrying around all that hair in dreadlocks doesn't look very comfortable. After WWII there weren't many left, people were hungry. There is a organization in France that registers all the pure and half breed Poitous in the world. That's how they are getting the numbers up. If you want to breed a Poitou you have to go thru them for the foal to be recognized. They will tell you who to breed your donkey to, in order to widen the bloodlines. In this day and age with artificial insemination, it's easier to breed a jennet in the U.S. to a jack in England or South America to strengthen the breed. Our BlackJack and Coquette, both probably have Poitou in them because of the way they look.

ellie k said...

Thanks, the zoo only has the one but she will live with a small donkey for the present. Maybe the donor will send a male Poitous in time.

ellie k said...

The picture in the paper did not have the dread locks, so maybe they only have them in cold weather, she sure don't need them in Florida.