Shrinky Dink 2020
Shrinky Dink's Photographs
and Comments of the Week
LASS TWEAK SASH
NH4 Winter Away Weekend at Sandy Balls
A new venue in The New Forest near Fordingbridge for this year’s Winter Away
Weekend: Sandy Balls Holiday Village.
Relatively luxurious cabins, some with
hot tubs, in a forested resort with evening entertainment, restaurant,
swimming pool, sauna, shop, alpacas and more.
With three visits to The
Fighting Cocks and Saturday’s on-inn at The Red Shoot we were not spoilt for
places to socialise (ie eat & drink). We were joined this year by four from
Surrey: the Woods and Brannigans. 26 all told.
Sunday, 2 February 2020, Sandy Balls Holiday Village by
Shrinky Dink, ‘Er Indoors, Hobble & Dodo
The 2nd run of the NH4 Winter Away Weekend was set by almost as many hares as
Starting on roads, lanes and an optional ford the runners stayed in
touch with the walkers until the latter continued between fields on footpaths
and the runners followed a lot of one blob checks out in the wet, open, hilly
area of the New Forest.
Runners and adventurous walkers got their feet wet
crossing the torrenting brown water of Ditchend Brook.
Jolly Green Giant: Good trail with plenty of shiggy and a water dip.
Old Thumper: An unnecessary hill too many! Nice run otherwise 😊
Sister Anna: Ford was a “challenge“! Dry sunny weather Shame about
Little Rabbit: Very nice walk, going through the deep stream was
great fun. Any chance to get wet. splash splash
Firework: Waterproof sock height 7” ford height 9”.
Saturday, 1st February 2020, Appleslade car park by Jolly Green
Giant & Old Thumper
A predictably wet-under-foot run through open and hilly New Forest territory
with deer, cows, horses, ponies, sheep and horse-riders to add interest.
Brilliant weather and On Inn to The Red Shoot.
Turn On: Brilliant, well looked after, but too many hills. Enjoyed
Cuddles: Lovely to see all the animals and the ponies were nice too!
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely and we saw some road worthy deer who
had good road sense. So no venison.
Old Thumper: Lovely weather at 8am! Deer, skylarks, ponies, views .
. . . !
Portaloo: Good run - we don’t hash enough with these guys. Great.
Sister Anna: Mud, mud glorious mud! Lovely hash thanks for looking
26 Jan 2020, Tongham Community Centre, Jolly Green Giant & Old Thumper
An excellent turnout of 35 equalled last year’s highest: Fleet Pond Good
Friday run. The hares stepped in at the last minute due to lack of volunteers
and set a well-appreciated run and walk over mixed terrain. And the rain held
off till the end of the run, when we retired to The White Hart.
Hippo: AMPLE SHIGGY EVEN ON THE WALKERS’ TRAIL. WELL DONE TO THE
HARES FOR STEPPING IN AT SHORT NOTICE.
Squiffy: Sorry for being late but still did the walker’s trail.
Chastity Belt: I was very appreciative of 6 inch shiggy!
Sex Slave: NICE WALK. THKS HARES. SHIG & GRAVEL TRACKS
19 Jan 2020: BASE Bordon Innovation Centre, by Yellow Peril
The lone hare set a “Fantastic trail”, or so he wrote on the comments
sheet. 23 hounds found the new starting location on time - even Squiffy! Cold
but sunny weather helped to make a thoroughly enjoyable run, before heading
on-in to The Cricketers in Kingsley.
Alice: Fantastic walk, lovely weather.
Dodo: excellent area! well marked!
Goofy: EXCELLENT RUN - SUPERBLY MARKED. MANY THANKS
Little Rabbit: Great trail, lots of zigzags and the army was a nice
Sex Slave: Interesting walk, orienteering with a dodgy map!
Squiffy: Well thought out trail in great location, well marked!
12 Jan 2020, Normandy Common car park, by Shrinky Dink & Dodo
A long wet one for the runners; a short muddy, shoe-sucking-off one for the
walkers. Round Normandy Common Cricket Club and over the soaking wet fields, a
regroup at a quaint brick bridge, as far east as Willey Green. Then half a
mile along a steep-sided gully with no turn-offs for the front runners, before
heading back across more wet fields, returning past Normandy Village Hall and
Visitor Lady Chatterley, amongst others, got down downs, then our new Songster
led us all in a new song.
Velcro being gallant
whilst Er Indoors shows off her wet bum
‘Er Indoors: ‘Mud Glorious Mud’ Good trail - even extra bit
Jolly Green Giant: Bit long in places but great shiggy.
Little Prick: Shiggy-tastic!
Old Thumper: Lovely trail, could have done with another re-group.
Fuggles: Very muddy walk. Good though.
Velcro (M): Rather wet underfoot. Robert has a poo.
Hawley Lake Side Road, 1st Jan 2019: No Entry,
Little Prick & Fun Size
An excellent turnout (26) on an excellent day for an excellent 1st run of the
Ever Ready: Good variation on a well used area. Really enjoyed the
JGG: Excellent run. Not as boggy as expected.
Dodo: Good run! excellent hares!!!
‘Er Indoors: Super run with very nice hare
Little Rabbit: great walk, spot the puddles was an added bonus.