December 16th and Sunday 17th December 2023... We all met as usual outside Falmer station around 09:00, my train was late of course.  Lots of hugs and smiles as we worked out who was there under the hats and walking gear.  We don't walk far after starting, stopping at the Falmer farm shop for supplies and hot drinks from the caravan.  then the slog up the path to the South Downs Way, much better than before it was tarmacked.  We arrive at the trees and stop for a wee and more food, Ruth had made curried sausage rolls and I should have offered them around more as I had lots left over at the end of the walk. The weather was disappointing as the forecast was dry and warm, it was wet and warm and for this walk we really don't want wet.  As usual it was a mad rush to get to the Abergavenny Arms for lunch and as usual we managed to find tables and chairs for everyone.  The staff are amazing there, no dramas, just good food and attentive ladies bringing us our food.  I was a bit con