And on the subject of donkeys … this pic is specially for davidjohn http://www.imagesforfree.co.uk/
These are Tristan da Cunha women in the 1950s, riding sidesaddle on their donkeys to the Potato Patches which were 3 miles or so from the settlement, at the other end of the plateau where we all lived. Behind them you can just see the men with the bullocks yoked to the carts, which would take home the potato harvest. I learned to ride side-saddle like that on those donkeys – we often went to the Patches as my Dad had one (like a walled garden). Happy days!