Rushy wrote:Way to go Pete. I am intrigued by the fact that your dad is up in the Ruahines. I would like to have my ashes scattered somewhere meaningful. At the moment my will calls for it to be done from horse back at a gallop down Muriwai Beach but I am turning toward my roost up the back of Minginui.
Dad died of cancer a few years ago.
He was a life long hunter, Mad as Pig Hunter in his earlier years, we had a pack of 8-10 dogs which he used to run in rotations and in his latter years he was more of a deerstalker.
I asked him what his wishes were after he had gone and he said he want his ashes spread over his favourite hunting spot.
Hahahaha, Mum got upset when he said this because she didn't know where that was, but was happier when I said I knew all his favourite spots.
So that's what we did.
His ashes rest in a clearing in the Ruahine that he had taken many deer from over the years.
I made a brass plaque to mark the spot.
We added all his empty brass cases to the crucible which he'd saved from his only hunting rifle over his lifetime.
A DMW Mauser in 300 savage.
I made a mould and cast the brass plaque in greensand, then went and screwed it to a rock face near where his ashes are.
One day I hope to tip a deer over in the clearing where he is.
Thanks for sharing that story Pete. I don't have any sons but that is a great commemoration.