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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Long time no post!

2019 ended with wet ground and it has barely dried since. With much of the country saturated and some under water it is quite remarkable that hounds have been out at all.
It is not possible to thank our landowners, farmers and keepers enough that we have been out at all - they are stars. The other stars in this hunting constellation have to be our Masters who, with tireless efforts and certainly some charm, have ensured that not only have we been able to lay trails and even opened up some new country.
We salute you all.
Sadly the New Year has brought news of the passing of several stalwart hunt supporters whose memories we will keep alive. On the balance sheet of life it should also be noted that new faces have become regular faces at meets and so the circle goes on.
Personal circumstances have limited you correspondent's ability to follow and so the crop of images is smaller than usual. However we recommend that not only do interested parties visit www.thegather.net but also the super galleries at https://darrenclark.zenfolio.com












Monday, 6 January 2020

Boxing Day

What a triumph! With a local community that wished to see "their hounds" safely back in the Square the East Kent Hunt with West Street managed just that! The weather was not of the best and at first there seemed to be few folk on the High Street or in the Square but the sound of the hunting horn and horses on the road brought the crowds out from the pubs and cars and we arrived in the Square to a roar of approval.
Hounds are wonderful ambassadors and went about their task of making friends with gusto.

Photographs

As ever there are more on our "tame photographers'" website.




Sunday, 5 January 2020

Through November and December

Those of us whose work takes us into the fields will know that this has been a very, very wet autumn and start to winter. The surface of the ground is sodden, slippery and damaged by as little as a wellington boot. Nonetheless our amazing landowners, farmers and keepers have allowed to carry on across their ground even though we hunt trails and are no longer able to offer a vermin control service. These folk are truly terrific. Hats off to one and all!
While those who are distanced from country life are ill-informed about the obscured community that grows their food, stewards the countryside, cares passionately for wildlife and is passionate about heritage we carry on in the face of a media onslaught.

Photographs

 As ever these and many more may be viewed HERE















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