Motor Man and I had a new experience yesterday. We were invited to attend the Blessing of the Hounds ceremony prior to a fox hunt being held at Bacon’s Castle.
Eddie, who invited us, is a local resident, and we’ve known each other since childhood. His wife is one of the masters of the hunt organization. Eddie and I are friends on Facebook, and he had seen the photos I post of “my” Outer Banks horses. He thought I might like to be there to take pictures of the horses on the Castle property. Motor Man and I knew nothing about fox hunts, but Eddie was nice enough to explain much of it to us.
We didn’t know beforehand, but a friend of ours officiated in blessing not only the hounds, but also the riders, the horses and the property owners.
Following the Blessing and the riders partaking of the Stirrup Cup, Motor Man and I watched as they headed toward the fields for the hunt.
You know I was a happy girl: horses and Bacon’s Castle, all in the same morning.
Motor Man and I rode with Eddie in his truck to the fields behind the Castle. He positioned his vehicle so we could watched as the hounds and riders approached.
The event was originally scheduled for last month, but inclement weather forced it to be postponed until yesterday, when the weather definitely cooperated.
I’m glad Eddie realized this was something I’d like to see, and thank him for teaching us a little about the sport.
It’s a nice addition to my Bacon’s Castle memories.
(If you’re new to the blog and wondering about Bacon’s Castle, this post will explain my connection.)
~These Days Of Mine~