Travels in a Donkey Trap by Daisy Baker:


 Donkey Cart

This is such a lovely book charming memoir. She shares memories of her past along with her “adventures” in the donkey cart. She looks back from 1970 to a slower time. We see 1970 as a very different time. What country road would accommodate a donkey cart these days – certainly extremely few in America. This is the tale of a 76 year old woman in Devon, England who felt very housebound because she could no longer make the 2 mile walk to the nearest village. The family’s solution (she lived with her daughter and son in law) was to advertise for an inexpensive donkey and cart (also known as a trap). She regularly went to the village and nearby woods just for an outing. Once in the summer she travelled farther to a beach. Along the way she daydreams about old times and philosophizes.’ Also see: Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson:

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