Winston and friends walk the rail trail
ALMOST 50 years ago, Deb Bird, Amanda Swaney and Mandy Turner attended St Margaret’s school in Berwick.
Since then, the three ladies have endeavoured to catch up every couple of years.
Sometimes, it is a holiday away to luxurious locations.
A few years ago, it was a cattle muster through the Rose River valley.
This year, the three ladies took to the rail trail – heading out from Bonnie Doon last Wednesday, destined for Mansfield.
Although i t was only a one day trip, it was made all the more memorable by t he i nclusion of Winston – Amanda Swaney’s adorable donkey.
“The cattle muster was our last catch-up before this,” Ms Bird said.
“We are downsizing, and slowing up.”
Winston, carrying a small pack, travels at four kilometres an hour – meaning the trip from Bonnie Doon to Mansfield took the group around eight hours.
“We are just taking it easy,” Ms Swaney said.
“It was a good trip to expose Winston to different things along the way.”
Winston is a two year old miniature donkey, bred by Benbullen Brays in Yea.
It is not the first time Winston has made a public appearance – visiting the Mansfield Farmers Market last month.
He will also be the star attraction at the upcoming Mansfield Show petting zoo.
“He is a lovely animal, very placid and amiable,” Ms Swaney said.
“This (the walk) has been a good training exercise for him, and a nice way for us to catch up.”
ON THE TRAIL: Winston the miniature donkey joined (from left) Deb Bird, Amanda Swaney and Mandy Turner on their walk from Bonnie Doon to Mansfield last week.