LOWDOWN Winter 2016 page 28

AIRMAN’S GRAVE WALK, ASHDOWN FOREST:
Sunday, 20th November 2016

Airman’s Grave Walk, Ashdown Forest part 4

Hurricane ‘Angus’ had been battering the South-East - specifically the south coast - over the previous few night, so it was with some trepidation that we gathered for this walk. It turned out that we need not have been too concerned, as there was no rain and the winds were not overly strong.

As ever, it was lovely to see dear Huguette and John arrive, this being one of their frequent trips from Belgium to their UK home. It was all the nicer to see they had with them their new four-month old puppy Pickles.

He is a really super little boy, looking very strong and extremely handsome. He was totally unfazed by all the other hounds and was a great hit with everyone who saw him. He’s will be a wonderful addition to the Club ‘pack’. Because he is so young, he only did a short walk, but, no doubt, he will be soon chasing around with the others.

As you can see from this issue, he is already a cover star!

It was also very good to see some new members at this walk, I really hope that they and their hounds enjoy being part of the Club.

I think that I may have mentioned before that this is my favourite walk that the Club hosts.

It shows Ashdown Forest at its best - plus I like the jeopardy of seeing members and hounds negotiate the small, slippery-banked, stream which we cross by means of a wooden plank.

A failing on my part, I know.

All the hounds seemed very excited to be together once again.

This walk is always terribly muddy, and this time more-so, after such storms. Being a week after Remembrance Sunday, the stone monument was full of poppy tributes. And, as is now our tradition, a group photograph was taken against its wall.

Though the ground was very muddy as we reached the bottom of the valley - everyone was very sure-footed as they traversed the wooden planks which crossed the small brook.

We climbed out of the valley and took the wide pathway which sweeps around and leads us back to the car park.

When nearing the top of the rise, we saw a familiar couple approaching. It was Mr and Mrs Harris - Derek, our webmaster, and Miranda. Frequently time-challenged - we have met them at this same point in the past, it was still great to see them. Spending time holidaying in Italy had obviously reinforced their insouciance. A great walk.

‘See you all in 2017. Caio!

Words & pictures by Tony Roberts.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Hurricane ‘Angus’ had been battering the South-East - specifically the south coast - over the previous few night, so it was with some trepidation that we gathered for this walk. It turned out that we need not have been too concerned, as there was no rain and the winds were not overly strong.

As ever, it was lovely to see dear Huguette and John arrive, this being one of their frequent trips from Belgium to their UK home. It was all the nicer to see they had with them their new four-month old puppy Pickles.

He is a really super little boy, looking very strong and extremely handsome. He was totally unfazed by all the other hounds and was a great hit with everyone who saw him. He’s will be a wonderful addition to the Club ‘pack’. Because he is so young, he only did a short walk, but, no doubt, he will be soon chasing around with the others.

As you can see from this issue, he is already a cover star!

It was also very good to see some new members at this walk, I really hope that they and their hounds enjoy being part of the Club.

I think that I may have mentioned before that this is my favourite walk that the Club hosts.

It shows Ashdown Forest at its best - plus I like the jeopardy of seeing members and hounds negotiate the small, slippery-banked, stream which we cross by means of a wooden plank.

A failing on my part, I know.

All the hounds seemed very excited to be together once again.

This walk is always terribly muddy, and this time more-so, after such storms. Being a week after Remembrance Sunday, the stone monument was full of poppy tributes. And, as is now our tradition, a group photograph was taken against its wall.

Though the ground was very muddy as we reached the bottom of the valley - everyone was very sure-footed as they traversed the wooden planks which crossed the small brook.

We climbed out of the valley and took the wide pathway which sweeps around and leads us back to the car park.

When nearing the top of the rise, we saw a familiar couple approaching. It was Mr and Mrs Harris - Derek, our webmaster, and Miranda. Frequently time-challenged - we have met them at this same point in the past, it was still great to see them. Spending time holidaying in Italy had obviously reinforced their insouciance. A great walk.

‘See you all in 2017. Caio!

Words & pictures by Tony Roberts.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts

 Airman’s Grave walk