Donkeys and sleighs

Was too busy doing Winter Weddings these past two weeks but the weddings were particularly amazing – every year winter weddings seem to take on a new high.   The ‘tech’ teams for the lighting are now arriving in huge artics!   The old country house hotels I work in are transformed into wonderlands – either with huge ‘Victorian’ mechanical Christmas toys or ceilings lit up with thousands of tiny lights so that when you look up you think there is no roof and you are literally looking up into Heaven itself.  The weather was either wet and grey – in which case it was lovely to be transformed – or it was deep in snow ‘deep and crisp and even’!   Back at the farm Dodge the donkey was unimpressed however.  He loves to work and we are looking for a small cart for him.  Growing up we had a donkey called Flossy and Dad commissioned a proper sleigh to be made one Christmas.   Wooden reindeer antlers were strapped onto Flossy’s bridal and there were secret wheels set under the skids out of sight.   She pulled this sleigh around the houses where we lived and Father Christmas sat in the sleigh and gave out presents.   Occasionally disaster would happen as Flossy loved sherry and mince pies.   She was quite a large donkey and if she tried to set off up the garden path she completely forgot about her precious cargo and it was left stuck in the gate hole as she grabbed her booty.

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