When I asked my neighbour "Can you hear a donkey in the distance?" she looked at me with a slightly worried expression as though I'd really lost the plot! "No," she replied, "there are no donkeys round here." When I asked my friend (who knows me well and understands how I think) the same question, she didn't bat an eyelid as she replied "No, but I can hear the cattle on the water meadow, it's probably them you can hear."
I didn't know there were cattle on the water meadow so I went for a walk down there to investigate.
It was a lovely evening and the thistles were beautiful -
The swans were enjoying the river -
But the cattle were shy! I could see them in the distance, and hear them mooing, but they wouldn't come close enough for me to take a decent picture. But I found this one of them on the internet when I got home, and they really do look like this. How could I have lived here for over 2 years without knowing they were there?