Even hounds need exercise, so about three times a week I join a bunch of friends to ensure that the hounds around here stay fit. Some of us go on horseback, some on foot, and some in 4wd vehicles. Never mind, we have a good time, see some of the prettiest countryside imaginable, see the local flora and fauna, swap tales with the oldtimers over tea and sandwiches, get some fresh air and get to listen to hounds be hounds. You can't beat it, really.
Here's some photos I've snapped this week while out with the English and Welsh
fox hounds and their various guardians.
At the end of the day the boys and girls were too tired to walk anymore, so we rounded them up and put them in the back of the Land Rover. Before long they were back in the kennels, fed and watered and bedded down for the night.
Meanwhile, we stood around for awhile at some crossroads of two desolate country lanes and enjoyed talking about the hounds, the weather, and the local news.