Eddie and Lorna Bilous, their dog Bazil and carriage-horse Scrappy have left Turville and I am sad to see them go. They have retired and moved to Luxulyan in Cornwall.
We often saw the quartet around the lanes of Turville, in a variety of brightly-coloured carts, wagons and drays. I wrote about their first horse, Henry, here. Henry taught them a lot about carriage driving. Tragically he became ill and died when he was only 11. Then they secured the loan of Charlie and later they acquired Scrappy.
It was not unusual to find Scrappy tied up outside the Bull and Butcher in Turville, and other local pubs, while Eddie and Lorna popped in for a quick half. I passed their cottage every morning on my run and often stopped for a brief chat, or to answer a question about public rights of way and carriage driving.
Now they will discover the byways and lanes of Cornwall—and will no doubt give as much pleasure to their local residents as they did to us.
Go well Eddie, Lorna, Bazil and Scrappy!