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Joney's Cross - 16th December 2018 - Tampa

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Typically the coldest, wettest hash of the year - just so that we are all prepared for the Xmas lunch.  So we were relatively surprised that it was 'not too bad' as we circled up at Joney's Cross. There were a few Xmas hats and my black wig-hat (Humtpy described me as a Santa with black hair). 

Tampa's trail laying was at its very best (worst) and sent the front runners off in the wrong direction on multiple occasions. But tradition prevailed, and it started to rain before we got to the sweetie stop.  Harry (the dog) had completely up-ended poor-old Howlin' Wilf  And then it merrily chucked it down for the run on home. 

No circle - due to the weather, so we huddled in to warm (ish) cars for the drive to the Cat & Piddle, where Christmas lunch was served, along with the annual free drink!  After that the annual awards went to
Bone of Contention (the 'Groucho' award) - Groucho (for not turning up!)
Hare of the Year - Wide Reciever (he already has the t-shir…

Bradninch - Bull Bait and Child Catcher - 9th December 2018

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First trail of the new regime... with Spocky and Bollards taking on the reins as GMs. Shame Bollards had already done the opening circle before Spocky had arrived!  Good to see Menage back at City of Exeter H3 too.

It was a hash from the new home of Bullbait, Child Catcher, Stingray and Splat in Bradninch - with a swimming pool in he garden - or so Son-of-a-Bitz thought - and he threatened to dive in.  The hares told us that there was going to be 12 'Xmas-themed' fishooks to 'enjoy'.  Tampa had arrived early and had a clipboard (collecting names for the Xmas meal next week), but Woodpecker did not break his tradition, and arrived late while also waking up the neighbours by revving loudly as he reversed!

Stingray, full of confidence, but not knowing where the trail went, sped off along Hele Road, but was called back by his mum as we headed across Charwell Meadow and the wetlands, then across to the west side of the town.  The photo of the view below was taken from Back …

Tight is looking for Hares for January

I am the new Hare Raiser for City of Exeter, so I am looking for hares for January. 

Sunday 6th January Sunday 13th January Sunday 20th January And Sunday 27th January
If you have other dates later in the year you want to lay for, them let me know and I can reserve them. 
Please email me elly.maynard@hotmail.com or text 07808 738898 Many Thanks Tight 👄

Autumn Gathering 2019!

HHHI ALL The date for next year's Autumn Gathering will be the Last weekend in October (25th-27th). The weekend of the 18th is already booked! 
Onon Spockster 
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AGPU at the Riding Stables near Buldleigh Salterton - Spocky - 2nd December 2018

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Spocky arrived back at the car park at the riding stables looking a little flustered, and pronounced that he wouldn't try to be so clever laying the trail again.  It was going to be a one-and-on trail, without any fish-hooks, because he forgot!

The trail started off going immediately across the road, with the front runners finding the end of the long - which was a loop - before being called back by the hare.  Straight down through the woods, and then that long short-split which sent them back to the start.  The rest of the trail was pretty much a straight walk to the reservoir for the walkers, and a huge number of loops for the rest of us.  When we got to the sweeties stop, Spocky announced that is was 10:50 by the time he'd laid up to this point.

The trail for the longs and shorts soon split after the regroup, with the trail taking in some streams to cross and some serious undergrowth.

Back at the car park, there were fines by Happy Snapper for arriving late, as well as for O…

Rope swing from last week

A bit late - but here's a video from Hole-in-1 of the rope swing on the trail from Ellerhayes.

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