Blessing Of The Hounds

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.

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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.

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You know I was a happy girl: horses and Bacon’s Castle, all in the same morning.

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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.

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The event was originally scheduled for last month, but inclement weather forced it to be postponed until yesterday, when the weather definitely cooperated.

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I’m glad Eddie realized this was something I’d like to see, and thank him for teaching us a little about the sport.

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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~

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16 responses to “Blessing Of The Hounds

  1. WOW!!! We didn’t realize anything like that was going on across the road Sunday morning. Didn’t realize fox hunts were held in Tidewater. Wonderful pictures of a perfect morning. You’re right about horse and Bacon’s Castle all rolled into one. How thoughtful of your childhood friend.

  2. Beautiful photos……I must admit I have mixed feelings about fox hunting but then I live in “hunt country” where it’s always in the news! Looks like they had a lovely day to ride though no matter what.

    Pam

  3. What an amazing opportunity to go and see this first hand. That had to have been a really amazing day for you and I am so glad you shared it with us on your blog. What a fun day!

  4. Lovely displays of nature and the beauty of the countryside. I would love to do this myself 🙂 If you like you can link it up on this weeks “Through my Lens” Link is below.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

  5. What a wonderful experience you had! I’ve only seen one from afar and I didn’t know there were any near by. You’re a lucky gal and thanks for sharing!

  6. I like this very much (if it wasn’t a real fox).

  7. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday!
    Very interesting – and what a great place to see it !

  8. Beautiful horses and hounds. Always good to see the Castle.

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a great experience for you and JR to have on a beautiful morning. You had everything you needed, horses, nature and our beautiful Bacon’s Castle. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Great you had this photo opportunity. The horses are gorgeous. Beautiful countryside and Bacon’s Castle is a treat!

  11. We have the Blessing of the Hounds here too. It is always a pleasure and I’m glad you got to experience it.

  12. Wow, what a neat experience! Seems like the hounds weren’t the only ones blessed. 🙂

  13. This would be interesting and part of being in the British culture but not crazy about hunting. . . Smiles, Robin

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