LOWDOWN Summer 2010 page 30

AIRMAN’S GRAVE WALK ☆ ‘THE HOLLIES’ Car Park, Ashdown Forest:
18th April 2010 ☆ Jean Miller

It was more like a summer’s day when Tony kindly collected me, Annie and Cass.

Although we were early getting to the car park, there were already quite a few cars complete with families and Basset Hounds.

It was lovely to see so many members arriving until we had a very happy band awaiting the ‘off’, When we counted, we had twenty nine hounds - one short of our hoped for target. We would particularly like to thank members for supporting our walks, especially after making long journeys.

It was a pleasure to be in the forest on such a beautiful day - the hounds all raced around enjoying the freedom and then, suddenly, found the water. Before we could stop them, quite a few were in, having a wonderful time.

They then proceeded to find some lovely mud patches and afterwards many looked as though they had been issued with brown boots.

As it hadn’t rained much recently I decided not to wear my wellies, but instead had on a pair of heavy slip-on shoes. What a mistake! We came to one part of the walk which was just a sheet of boggy mud

Although we were early getting to the car park, there were already quite a few cars complete with families and Basset Hounds.

It was lovely to see so many members arriving until we had a very happy band awaiting the ‘off’, When we counted, we had twenty nine hounds - one short of our hoped for target. We would particularly like to thank members for supporting our walks, especially after making long journeys.

It was a pleasure to be in the forest on such a beautiful day - the hounds all raced around enjoying the freedom and then, suddenly, found the water. Before we could stop them, quite a few were in, having a wonderful time.

They then proceeded to find some lovely mud patches and afterwards many looked as though they had been issued with brown boots.

As it hadn’t rained much recently I decided not to wear my wellies, but instead had on a pair of heavy slip-on shoes. What a mistake! We came to one part of the walk which was just a sheet of boggy mud

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Miranda and Frankie who took one arm each and escorted me through all this. Surprisingly, when they dried off they didn’t look too bad. (Ed. I think that Jean is referring to her shoes - as although Frankie was pretty filthy - though she does clean up well!)

Everyone seemed to agree that it was an ideal day to have such a walk and left with promises to try and attend future walks.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

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editor Tony Roberts

 Airman’s Grave