Win­ston and friends walk the rail trail

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

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.

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