JMs Bambi and Old Faithful welcomed visitor Satisfaction Guaranteed from Guildford H3 and her bitch Summer. Summer was either suffering the DTs or she was really keyed up for the run and twitching ready to go. At least she wasn’t harassing Belle who, we were told, was in heat and therefore had to be protected from male dogs. We didn’t really learn anything else of use from the hares – but what’s new? Dag couldn’t even remember which way to go from the start!
Bika, as is his habit, rolled up just as we were setting off – uh-oh – Aragorn’s a male dog...!
You won’t be surprised to hear the trail was on the muddy side as we slipped and slopped our way across fields and tracks as we headed out along Brimbrook Lane. Bambi was bringing attention to himself making something of a ppfarty sound on his post horn. In fact Bambi was a busy little bee, sounding his horn, making notes for the circle, snapping pictures, and generally FRB-ing of course. Who says men can’t multi-task?
About this time the sun came out to cheer us up. And then we spotted the hare – not Pancsi, Dag, or Snake Charmer – but a brown one with long ears loping away from us. Spring must be round the corner.
When we weren’t watching our feet slipping in the shiggy the views of the South Downs were ever with us... and then we turned ominously towards them... but only briefly before heading off along Clay Lane and looping into Pipers Wood.
“We’ve been here before” Bambi suddenly ejaculated as we came out of the woods and found a check point we had already visited. This was a 3-way junction so we had now been along all of them. Hare Pancsi wasn’t giving anything away so we figured it was better to return down the out trail rather than do the Piper Wood loop again. At the next (previous?) check there was one path we hadn’t been down – but that had been a falsie on the way out. So we checked it out again and, magically, the falsie mark had morphed into a blob.
A cunning figure of 8 trail, I thought, but then a couple of checks later we returned again to the out trail, this time with a helpful arrow back home signed by hare Dag... so what do you call a trail with 2 loops on it?
In the circle we found there had been 3 fallers in the mud – Kinky, Soapbox, and Two Ferrets Fighting. Of these Bambi awarded the hash-it to 2FF for style – making a snow-angel shape in the mud without getting her nose dirty.
Suddenly Aragorn noticed Belle’s condition and they had to be separated a bit quickly.
On into Elsted Inn – very cosy & good real ales
On On ! Kinky