23 Mar 2014
A quick update on 'Snake in the Grass' post
Hi everyone....some of you might of seen Dartford Warbler's comment about my post Snake in the Grass........
I couldn't respond at the time but now I would like to add and share my response here in this post.
Please note that I was brought up in the New Forest.
Hope you get to see this Dartford Warbler. It's a little bit of a story I recall from my childhood days.
"My Grandad had been an AA (Automobile Association) man years ago. Not in a sleek modern van like nowadays, he rode back in the day on a motor bike with sidecar.
He was also a First Aider - this was through the St. John's Ambulance Association...so he knew what he was doing.
One particular day his two rolls of AA and First Aid met. You see, he was on patrol with the AA around the New Forest when he was riding through Burley. He came across a group of people who stopped him near the Cricket Pitch. Apparently a man had sat down to watch the cricket and had inadvertently sat on an Adder's nest and got bitten!!! (and NO, before some of you jump the gun and think 'did he suck the poison out' ....Not likely.) He calmed everyone down and got an Ambulance out to take the poor man to hospital. By keeping the man calm, he stopped the poison going through the chaps system too quickly, and fortunately the man was okay."
And to this day....I cannot drive past the Cricket Pitch at Burley without thinking of this chap sitting on an Adder's nest.
Location tab below : Burley New Forest