Moroccan donkeys, mules and horses

horse, cart, donkey, mule, fes, fez, morocco, Moroccan, gate, medina Morocco is a land of donkeys, mules and horses. I fell in love with donkeys the first time I visited Morocco and I’m still trying to persuade my fellow householders that we need one…
donkey, fes, fez, morocco, Moroccan, medina, bray, braying, yawning In the old part of the city of Fes, in the walled medina where the streets are narrow and cobbled, the only traffic is by foot and hoof.
donkey, mule, fes, fez, morocco, Moroccan, medina, transport, transportation, carrier, carrying, porter It’s so nice to have all traffic moving at ‘leg’ speed and to be free from the noise and pollution of mechanical vehicles. I loved lying in bed in the early morning and listening to the sound of hooves clip-clopping below our cantilevered bedroom.
mule, horse, donkey, medina, fes, fez, morocco, medina, transport, transporting, transportation, carrying, load, loaded, porter I also found it an absolute joy to regularly meet these beautiful animals while wandering through the streets of the medina.
mule, horse, fes, fez, morocco, medina, donkey, loaded, street, transport, transportation, carry, carrying, carrier, porter, load You have to keep on your toes though! Sometimes I’d be in my own little world, browsing from shop front to shop front, when suddenly a shout would alert me to the fact that a heavily loaded mule was barrelling straight towards me!
mule, horse, fes, fez, morocco, medina, donkey, loaded, street, transport, transportation, carry, carrying, carrier, porter, load, coke, coca-cola, cola, soda Horses, donkeys and mules transport everything in the medina. From bags of cement, to…crates of Coca-cola! (I took these two photos on my first trip to Morocco, back in 2007.)
mule, horse, fes, fez, morocco, medina, donkey, loaded, street, transport, transportation, carry, carrying, carrier, porter, load, coke, coca-cola, cola, soda And of course the early morning rubbish collection in the medina is done with donkeys too.
donkey, mule, horse, morocco, fes, fez, medina, rubbish, trash, garbage, collection, street, cleaner, cleaning, waste Sometimes people hitch a ride too…
mule, donkey, horse, fes, fez, medina, morocco, moroccan, load, waiting, carrying
We were often struck by the endless calm patience of the animals we saw.
mule, donkey, horse, fes, fez, medina, morocco, moroccan, load, waiting, carrying So many times we came across a mule or donkey quietly standing by itself – not tied to anything – simply waiting for its person to return. Or, in the case of the donkey below, waiting for its person to wake up from an afternoon nap!
mule, donkey, horse, fes, fez, medina, morocco, moroccan, load, waiting, carrying, asleep, nap, sleep, sleeping, man Such gorgeous animals.

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5 Responses to Moroccan donkeys, mules and horses

  1. Cass says:

    Me too! I Have been to Morroco & Tunisia several times ( as i loooove North africa ) and have spent many minutes sitting still with a tired donkey. Loved your photo’s Lucy, Here’s a great charity of volunteer vets who look after them there….http://www.spana.org/

  2. Amy says:

    Donkey’s Groin 🙂

  3. Wendy says:

    Love the photos! I am sure that trip was wonderful!!!

  4. Kathleen says:

    Dear Lucy,

    My name is Kathleen Mahoney. I write a blog focused on helping artists adjust to changing times and technology. Here is the link: http://kathleenhmahoney.com/blog/index.php. I am working on a post about my favorite blogs, and making recommendations. Yours is one of my favorites and I read it regularly when I can.

    I have 2 questions for you.

    Can I recommend your blog with the following recommendation?

    Lucy Patterson “lives on top of a windy hill on the wild West Coast of Auckland, New Zealand with my man, my mum, two dogs, a cat, lots of chickens and a pig called Alice.” Lucy has been doing some traveling and I love loking at her photos and hearing about her adventures. It feels as if someone is talking to me. I also love the theme of her blog, reveling in the hands on moments…

    Any chance you could link to my post so some of your readers could check it out and maybe I could find some new readers?

    Thank you for taking the time to read my e-mail and respond.

    Best
    Kathleen

  5. Audra says:

    Donkeys are wonderful! There are two down the street that we pass every morning. We love them!

    Just purchased from your Etsy shop & can’t wait to receive it. Will be following your blog too!

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