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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Jenni Welcome to the thread. I only ever rode once at Spencers Wood (luckily on Bonny, and she could still give a very good account of herself, and be very stubborn and a hell of a handful). I always found it very upsetting to pass by what once was David's 'world' and livelihood. Just...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Managed to upload this very old photo of Bonny and Peter. It's taken on the opposite side of the lake, looking towards the big house.
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Thank you Lizzy! Yes, you are right - it is the most painful experience I have ever had, and I've suffered many spouts of bad back pain. This has been awful ! You take care, and 'all' of you out there ! MH
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    That's great Lizzy - you riding again! I would dearly love to. I'll give Dobbin a go when I feel more able, but am just about staggering around on my leg at present. I've just watered the back garden borders as the ground is so dry and the trees and plants look so thirsty. That has...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy, Hi 'All' Hope everyone is well. Just to let you know I am at long last able to sit for a while, and am using the computer more comfortably. I spent 3.5 months lying on one side of my body wondering if the trapped nerve would ever improve. It's been agony and a very long haul, but...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Sorry Lizzy, I'm struggling to write this with the computer on the bed. It's jumping about. When last I rode Bonny (circa.1972/3), I can't recall whether her mane had been allowed to grow again. That was over at Spencers Wood. MH
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy Thanks for keeping in touch. I don't think that is Bonny. She was a large pony - 14.2hh (pony horse). That little chap looks too compact. When last
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy Just so you don't think I am ignoring you - I will try and write more later. I'm unwell - not covid related, but a trapped nerve which is badly hampering me. Can't even sit down!!! Love the piccie. Don't remember a Pat Smith - are you sure it wasn't Pat Smythe??? lol He moved in...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Oh I don't know about that Lizzy, but yes, David was fond of the ladies - good luck to him! I would love to know how Sue's life turned out. I'll give that link another try when I can, and see if I can get it to work the way you have suggested. I won't be able now to scan that b&w photo of...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Lizzy The link takes me to a site where you can purchase OS Maps. It shows a section of an OS Map and Whiteknights Park, but you can't get close enough for any detail. I tried everything I could think of, and it doesn't work for me. Never mind! I may purchase an OS Map of the area. I'm...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    That's wonderful Lizzy - to see the Stables entrance open again. Yes, that's the gap in the wall which led to the House and where Jimmie and his Brother came into the yard. I'll transfer the photos over to Documents, as I'm keeping everything in my folder. I'll try and have a look at that OS...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    I've played with that photograph a little more, and managed to open it up to show more of the Lake. I'll post it again .....
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Oh dear, I hope I am not going to get into trouble over these photos, but the Lake and it's surroundings are so beautiful. Thought those that are following may like to see. ..... 'time for bed' said Zebedee!
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    You may like to see this one. It's looking across the Lake to the Large Field, which you will remember. You can see the Hall of Residence in the background which was built on the Double Field, more or less where the Smallholding was.
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    My Mother told me the Lake is very deep, and people used to skate on it when it froze over. I believe there have been fatalities in the past from skaters slipping through the broken ice - shudder!!!
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    That's a great idea Lizzy. I only have the one small map of old Whiteknights. I'll look that out also and see what it brings up. I doubt however it has enough detail. Thought you might like this piccie of the House from the field across the Lake.
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    I remember Blandford vaguely Lizzy. I've just goggled images of Whiteknights House, and it's the front I remember, not as your photo showed it - the back. It's the turret that threw me somewhat. Now I can see it from the front also. It's a grand house. I'm going to upload a skeletal map of...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    I don't recall Whiteknights House Lizzy - not looking like that. The houses I recall are the two in the main part of Whiteknights Park - one just up the Queen's Drive from Shinfield Road, and the other situate to the side. I believe one was a museum at one point, when I was a very small child...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    I know those two Houses Lizzy, but where I am referring to is the top of that track which goes up from Whiteknights Road by the Lake on the other side of the Lake from Foxhill House - where the Gatehouse is. Maybe you never went up there. I know you rode in the large field by the Lake, and you...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Further to previous post ..... Speaking off top of my head again, I've a feeling Bud was re-named Trigger. Possibly why I remember him as Bud, as I would have found this distasteful, given Jo's charge was Trigger and had been sold on. Definitely Jo's charge was Trigger - the Dun! I only wish...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Lizzy I just looked at that photo again. You are right, he's unshod. That has got to be Bud. It's just too much of a coincidence. Now all I want is for someone to come up with his name, as I'm fairly certain I have not got this right. I so remember the smaller horse (pony actually) who...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy I'll have another zoomed-in look at that photo later on. I didn't think to look to see if he was shod. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that is Bud. He had a gangly look about him, as does that horse in the photograph. I had to use my pocket money for riding...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy Sorry Lizzy - about your Mum! The more I look at that photo and zoom in on it, the more I believe that is the horse I call Bud. When I first started to record some of my memories of Foxhill, I could never be certain of whether I had the name right for the horse I called Bud. I also...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy I had a good look at the photo of Ann, well mainly the horse! This is completely out of the top of my head but ..... that horse reminds me of the horse I call Bud!!! If you look at the mane, it is the right colouring for a chestnut bay - more chestnut than bay! He's the right size...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Wonderful Lizzy & Mr. Lizzy!!! Yes, that's Ann as I remember her. I recall her wearing that riding mac too. To be honest, as to whether that was taken at Foxhill I do not know. The trees appear very mature and akin to those at Whiteknights. There are some marvellous specimens in the Park...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy Yes, I will post from time to time as I recall further memories. I vividly remember David would harness up Bob & Harding to one of the larger open carriages on Christmas afternoon (it may have been Boxing Day), and then he would pile us all in and drive around the roads of Shinfield...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy You are right - it was Ann Pithers. The minute I read the name, I remembered. She was fairly short and stocky if I recall. She was a friend of the girl who took me to Foxhill - again, that girl was older than me, Ann Cook. Ann was a neighbour and the Sister of my Brother's best...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi Lizzy I'm afraid I don't know whether Gallant Lad was in fact a gelding - no reason to believe he was. These days many flat racers are gelded, mainly to curb their temperament. It is also a fact there is too much over-breeding within the racing industry. There is absolutely no excuse for...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    Hi again Lizzy This is getting to be a habit!!! I really must go to bed, it's gone midnight. I've just Googled Gallant Lad again myself. I looked him up some time ago, and there was no entry, but they are improving the Site considerably. I don't honestly believe the entries refer to that...
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    Foxhill Spencers Wood

    I thought that was where Whitley Park School was. I was just surprised that David had fields there. I attended the Nursery School there when I was very young - 3 years old I think. My Nan was dying and my parents were advised to get me out of the house during the day. I absolutely hated it...
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