Our English builders, Alex and Stephen, usually turn up at 0900, well after we are up and about, and work through to 1700 with short breaks for cups of tea and a sandwich for lunch. On Thursday morning, our extremely agitated dogs woke us at 0700 announcing the arrival of Pepe, the roofer, who had come to lay the roof tiles on our new buildings. He worked through until 1400 with a break at 1030 for what we call the hora de bocadillo (sandwich hour) and then disappeared for his lunch and siesta, not to be seen again until 0700 yesterday. This illustrates the different working practices between British and Spanish, but the roofs have been tiled and we are pleased that at last that we can see an end to the building works.
Next door, Bandida the mare has rejected her new foal and kicks out whenever the little filly approaches her. It isn’t unusual for mares to do this when they have their first foal. Andrea and Cher, her owners, are feeding the foal with a bottle every two hours, day and night. It’s very important that hand-reared foals have contact with other horses, so it’s good that another mare, who once had her own foal, has taken over maternal duties.