So for of all you reading this blog who didn’t hunt today, you missed the best day of hunting ever! Don’t you hate that when you can’t make a meet and everyone tells you this? No I’m kidding (read on). My first meet of the Season started with trying to find a horse, anyone would do in the pitch black and rain at 4am. Luckily Charlie’s young horse was curious enough and like a Venus fly trap I had him!
We arrived at Cindy and John Nance’s, to rain and gloom, but by the time Master Joanne address the field, our Huntsman, three whips, (Lisa, Richard and Ralph) and ten of us, the field; the rain had stopped and the first light of dawn shone across John’s bean fields. Richard Pye known for hating the wet, insisted we were in a dry cell for the next few hours, and indeed we were.
It was a very calm and quiet day, and 18 ½ couple tried their best to pick up a scent in the corn and beans, however, the air seems heavy and humid and as they worked and we rode around we seemed to come across pockets of still and fragrant heavy air. No wonder they struggled to get their noses on a decent scent.
We moved onto Mrs. Van Dorens land and Mr. Farrin dismounted and walked the hounds through one of their cow pastures, only to find the cows scattering the pack this way and that. Luckily, Sportsman, Spanner, Sprocket and Spooner (male puppies) stayed close to Steve.
So while it wasn’t fast and furious, it was a good enough pace to get my horse back into Hunting mode and two hours of exercise. As we walked back the only sound seemed to be a flock of starlings, and the call for hounds. The sun still didn’t appear, but neither did the big bugs- yeah!
Jeanie Sharpe, who had risen at 2am to finish baking, provided us with a very nice breakfast. The peach fruit cobbler was a big hit!
Apparently the weather will be returning to seasonal norms this week and so no doubt next weeks hunting will be the “Best Ever” – drat I’m at a horse show!