197/365 Jack Burgoyne’s literary tours: Part 2 — Watership Down

For some reason I was fascinated with rabbits in my late teens. It might have been the rabbits that lived in our backyard. It might have been something else, but I read, and loved, Watership Down in 1975 – 1976. Then I read Ronald Lockley’s  “The Private Life of the Rabbit” and when Jack Burgoyne asked me where we should visit, I asked if Watership Down was a real place.

It was and it was put on the itinerary along with Oxford, camping with Druids, touching the stones at Stonehenge, sitting on posts at Woodhenge and handling dangerous objects at an air force base.

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Jeremy and Dona at an air force base where we picked up objects before seeing this sign.

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Jack on a stump at Woodhenge

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Our campsite outside a pub. The ground was lumpy so we thought we were sleeping on Druids

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Stonehenge when you could touch the stones

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Jeremy at Watership down

The next winter Jeremy painted “Dona at Stonehenge.”

9 thoughts on “197/365 Jack Burgoyne’s literary tours: Part 2 — Watership Down

  1. How fun–and I’m jealous that you got to camp beside a pub and sleep on top of druids! (Are you sure you didn’t overindulge in pub tap fare that night?)

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  3. I remember having difficulty getting through Watership Down—I wonder if I finished it. Probably. I’ve never been to Stonehenge—in part because after hanging out at the stone circles in Orkney, I worry that I would be very disappointed to not get close.

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