Two days before hurricane Gonzalo
blew in, all was calm with a few quick
bursts of rain before the walk started.
A dampness in the air stirred up the
ground scents and made it exciting
for the hounds - all 22 of them! The
dampness didn’t subdue the autumnal
sunshine so mild and sunny - perfect!
The walk was along a combination of wide-open grassy paths with vistas across the Ashdown Forest - not that the hounds cared about that - and then over moorland where if the hounds had wanted to, they could have disappeared into the long grass and only a white tail might show.
In fact, the hounds stuck together and interacted joyfully with each other apart from two who decided to go off for a picnic 300 yards away, but their absence was noted and their tail top markers were spotted.