LOWDOWN Winter 2010 page 22

MIDSUMMER WALK & PICNIC GILL’S LAP, ASHDOWN FOREST 20th June 2010

by Jean Miller

Frankie and I arrived to a round of cheers, after everyone had waited for us.

This walk is usually a very popular venue, and we were not disappointed as we had a gathering of twenty eight hounds, their owners and two ‘honorary hounds’. We also realised that it was Fathers’ Day, and we would probably have had a few more had this been on another day.

We we very pleased to welcome some new members, and of course, we were glad to see our old friends.

We started off in dry weather, but towards the end of the walk the sun came out and it was quite warm. The hounds all rushed along together, but a couple of times had to be put on leads as several groups of horses passed by.

We had a few stops for everyone to catch up, which allowed for photographs and a little rest. The last few hundred yards were up a rather steep hill and our three older lady hounds, although feeling the heat, courageously made it to the top with everyone else.

The evening ended with a splendid picnic, to which all members contributed. We all sat around and enjoyed the food and drink and general conversation. In fact, everyone seemed very reluctant to pack up and go home.

I think we can say it was approved of by one and all including the hounds.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
MIDSUMMER WALK & PICNIC ☞

Frankie and I arrived to a round of cheers, after everyone had waited for us.

This walk is usually a very popular venue, and we were not disappointed as we had a gathering of twenty eight hounds, their owners and two ‘honorary hounds’. We also realised that it was Fathers’ Day, and we would probably have had a few more had this been on another day.

We we very pleased to welcome some new members, and of course, we were glad to see our old friends.

We started off in dry weather, but towards the end of the walk the sun came out and it was quite warm. The hounds all rushed along together, but a couple of times had to be put on leads as several groups of horses passed by.

We had a few stops for everyone to catch up, which allowed for photographs and a little rest. The last few hundred yards were up a rather steep hill and our three older lady hounds, although feeling the heat, courageously made it to the top with everyone else.

The evening ended with a splendid picnic, to which all members contributed. We all sat around and enjoyed the food and drink and general conversation. In fact, everyone seemed very reluctant to pack up and go home.

I think we can say it was approved of by one and all including the hounds.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
MIDSUMMER WALK & PICNIC ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts