'...the ditch and trees curved back again in a re-entrant, so that the field formed a bay with a bank running all the way round.... In the bank on the further side of the bay the rabbit-holes were plain to see, showing dark and distinct in the bare ground. It was as conspicuous a warren as could be imagined.'
Cowslip and his warren of snares was not
part of the story Adams told his daughters ‘on
the road to Stratford-on-Avon’, he says he
added it on the spur of the moment as he was writing.
Adams has stated the warrens were not
meant to signify anything, or meant to mean anything – Cowslip's warren is simply there.
Fiver may not have liked it, but I
found it very interesting.
The three photographs above were shot on Kodak Ektachrome 200 film (E6 process). Compared to the Kodachromes that make up most of the photos in The Real Watership Down, Ektachrome is easy to scan. Kodachrome, while glorious when projected, can be a nightmare to scan. Unlike the film from my first visit, these were perfectly processed by Dave Blunden in Bournemouth. He founded, and ran until he retired in 2008, a very successful advertising and industrial photography and professional processing business. I used to help out from time to time during my school and university holidays.
'Hazel sat nibbling and biting, the rich, full, taste of the cultivated roots filling him with a wave of pleasure. he hopped about the grass, gnawing one piece after another...'
Unfortunately no, it isn't. I didn't even take this anywhere near Watership Down. I actually took it on Primrose Hill in central London; one chilly blustery morning in march as it happens....