We set off down the track across the fields that seemed a bit “spongy” in places from the almost 2” of rain the night before and skirting the fields hounds were working hard. Isn’t it fun when you see the tip of tails wagging in the brush? We moved on toward Back Brook along the road and then turned left onto a parcel of Bryce Thompson’s land. It was only 30 mins. into the day when Tango managed to lock onto a small fox a short chase but fast chase ensued and the fox was put to ground to live and run another day.
Then lapping the next field we returned to Schwab’s land working our way along the hedgerows towards Pine Twig Farm (owned by Barbara and Bob Wolfe) and Tractor Hill, which is named after an event involving Mr. Farrin and the tractor which I am sure he will tell you if asked. As we zipped along, Joanne’s horse went down a small crater in the path hidden by the long grass. Luckily it was a most graceful dismount without even a grass stain- and Charlie Buxton gallantly offered a leg up. I’m sure Ralph will collect the usual $25 from Master Joanne at some point.
Hounds picked up a scent at the large cornfield and a fox was viewed, the pack continued to work the field for another 30 mins. We went up and down, and down and up, with a couple of coops jumped in the meantime. The pack worked hard dispersing a den, and were quite exhausted when they emerged, but keen to keep going. However, after a quick gallop back down the hill the hounds were allowed to drink and catch their breath, this was a good time to call it a day and a job well done by all. Upon reflection it was a sort of up and down and down and up sort of day just the type of day cubbing is all about. Refreshments kindly provided by Ruth.