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A Quiet Country Lane in Rural France…
I just returned from an industrious weekend with Laura Boswell at Ardington and am very pleased with my results – 8 or 10 Saleable Prints from our Lino Cut Printmaker’s course. But I am missing our quiet country walks with Dandie Dinmont Terrier and my husband, although we did manage to walk beside one ploughed field and one planted with potatoes on the Oxfordshire, former chalk downs beside the Ridgeway. It was a bit muddy where we parked beside a plantation of trees we chose to leave behind. And We fetched up alongside the Gallops where no doubt many of this Saturday’s Grand National runners have been exercised ready for their big day out racing against the youngsters of their sport.
As a family, we have historically always enjoyed the Grand National and placed each way bets on the horses we like the sound of or whose names intrigue us. Some of us read « the Form » and some of us place a pin or argue for a while about the horses splendid and awful names. How such beautiful creatures arrive at these terrible names we’ll never know…. Some of us follow a particular Trainer or Jockey and again some of us just fling our money at whichever one takes our fancy on the day ! One of us usually gets close to winning and some years we Dine out on the proceeds as being a family Event, that is how the Prize winnings are spent !
I can recommend this as Good Sport and Entertainment for a Saturday in watching the Races on the Telly. BUT even better are the Saturdays or Easter Mondays spent enjoying the Sport in the fresh air witha good deal of sandwiches in a picnic basket or a Quiche made for the occasion . We shall probably be doing this in a couple of weeks time over near Ardington and Ilsley & the Hendreds for Easter Monday, as there is to be a POINT-to-POINT then, which is where i first learnt about this Sport of kings and indeed, first won my first 30 bob on a 6shilling bet – winnings of £1.50 to you uneducated 21st Century lot, in the days when that was the price of a Hard backed book or the family’s fish and chips !!