Thank you to all of the hares in March….
Isca Hash 1151 – 28.3.18 – OD: Mill on the Exe, Exeter, EX4 3AB
Hare: Mildly Moist Trish MM Pinhorn
Isca Hash 1150 – 21.3.18 – Wheathill Plantation (SY040847) OD: Farmhouse
Hare: Chardonnay Will Murley
Isca Hash 1149 – 14.3.18 – OD: Royal Oak, Exminster, EX6 8DX
Hares: Cathy Zoot Pennicott, Hotlips Ian Pennicott and Gail CoatCheck Hastings
13 attendees – unlucky for some, well us really!…wet, rain, floods, cold,
Isca Hash 1148 – 7.3.18 – OD: Jolly Sailor, East Ogwell
Hares: Big Foot and Shortie Angela Weeks
Quotes of the month:
“Nice to have something warm between my legs” – Woof Woof
“Did you lose the trail? Shame cos I sprinkled as I went!” – Mildly Moist
ISCAH3 AWARDS NIGHT:
1143 – 31.1.18, Frying Pans, Woodbury. OD: Farmhouse
DDs: Hare plus Mildly Moist, Dottie & Whoopsie for mud avoidance
Pack of 20 brave souls…Returnees: Woodpecker, Dobby
Tonight was a special trail as it was on the evening of the Super Blue Blood Moon which is a very rare celestial event and hasn’t happened for over 150 years! It was a cold night with clear skies, amazing views of the stars and the super moon. Almost didn’t need our torches. The trail was very varied and involved going through streams, riverbed paths, up and down hills, on road and through mossy woods. Due to the rain and hail earlier in the day, quite a few of the marks had washed away and we lost the trail a couple of times but Lilo was on hand to relay it or direct us the right way when needed. To add to the eeriness of the landscape there were soldiers everywhere appearing out of the darkness in full camo gear which was really off-putting at times!
Blue moon you saw us standing around
Without the hare in our sights
Without any trail marks to see
Blue moon, you knew just why we were all there
You heard us saying a prayer for
Someone to show us the way
And then there suddenly appeared before us
The only ones who couldn’t help us
We heard the marines whisper “Evening all!”
And when we looked, the moon had turned to gold!
Now we’re no longer alone
Without the hare in our sights
Without any trail marks to see…
Imelda – Hare, also birthday along with TTS.
Porridge Oats & Sleeveless – for sitting down during the hash
Invisible man for saying ‘Yuck’ to all of the mud – not in the spirit of a true hasher!
Returnees – Big Issue, Invisible Man, Adonis
Good mix of terrain, road, pebbles and lots of mud, almost lakes of muddy pools.
Longs went along the beach and shorts along the fields, some hashers did the longs by mistake and the splits were hard to see at times. Tight & Coffin had to go back to Tight’s to get a spare car key so Wide had to wait around in the cold till they got back and Tight had to miss out on the hash completely but had a nice natter with Coffin, so all’s well that ends well.
“Church bells ringing loud.
Low tide, oystercatcher calls,
Slippy sludge paths!”
17.1.18 – Isca Hash 1141 Blue Ball Inn, Sandygate, Exeter EX2 7JL
OD: The Blue Ball, Exeter
DDs: Hare and a second one for not making trail marks clearer??
Mildly – for shortcutting
Bareback and his mate – for returnees! – slowest down down ever – sipped it like wine!
Mostly on road, raining, cold and gusty. A rather affluent area and we passed a very well lit up blue house twice and all around several christmas lights were still up! Sadly no Chardonnay, Claret or other apéritif were on offer during the sweetie stop even though we were clearly running around the hares housing estate…still he got 10/10 for the fairy sweets 😉
10.1.18 – Isca Hash 1140 Langridge Farm, Cheriton Bishop, EX17 5HH
OD: Red Lion, Tedburn St Mary
DDs: Hare & two for Whoopsie for one thing and then another just because she managed to throw the beer all over her face when the cup knocked her head torch instead of smoothly passing over her head and behind her!
“Muddiest trail in a long time” – Imelda
“A very typical Kirtonesque route – they had to go through a lot of mud and over a narrow rickety bridge, there were no alternatives!” – Woody
3.1.18 – Isca Hash 1139, Obelisk Carpark. OD Seven Stars
Hare: Menage a Trois
First hash of the new year – voted the best for 2018 so far by the circle!..so well done to Menage 🙂
A great route with lots of variety and some nice views for the longs. Lots of shiggy, we all kept being attacked by brambles and there were a few dodgy types hanging about the car park along with a policeman who was treated to Damp Patch dropping his trousers just as the squad car pulled up! – earnt him a down down for that.
The main event of course was the exciting news of Oddbitz & Wobbly Bitz engagement! It was a night to be dazzled by the ring…eh hem…of the diamond version please plus by Tight’s hi-vis jacket…
Not quite six miles long… the trail that is, so both Spocky and Wide did a little bit extra to make up the difference but only Wide got a down down for it…I guess the RA can’t penalise himself?
27.12.17 – Isca Hash 1138 15 Mairstow Avenue
Hares: Spocky and X-Bitz
Chez the Hares: 15 Mairstow Avenue, Exmouth, EX8 3JF
Bring your own Beer
Thanks to the hares for hosting, sorry I wasn’t there but I imagine it was a delight! 🙂
“Always well looked after at the Bitz “ – Woody
1137 – 20.12.17 Hares: Coffin, Imelda and Whoopsie
Fancy Dress: Festive Farmyard
Parking: Imperial Road Car Park next to Rugby Club EX8 1DB
Circle Up: 7.30pm
Short trail around Exmouth in Fancy Dress, bring cash for pub stops.
Followed by Festive Barbecue at Rugby Club
Very short trail, two pub stops, dry and mild night. Our table seemed to win a lot of the naffle prizes esp Dottie! Some great Secret Santa pressies and some not so great naffle prizes.
Excellent efforts with outfits, lots of flashers with fairy lights with stories of lap dances from Mavis and Flour Power in a skimpy milk maid outfit. Several farmers, turkeys, sheep, a super fox by Soapy but the worst fancy dress mention went to Chardonnay who didn’t know it was a fancy dress theme! That earnt him a down down.
Whoopsie for being a volunteer and getting there at 5pm.
Wide & Mavis for eating butter thinking it was cheese
X bitz for 500 runs badge
Thank you to everyone who helped out.
Isca Hash 1136 – 13.12.17
Old Rydon Inn, Kingsteignton.
Hare: Wide Receiver
Tight’s Birthday Hash, she will sort out the sweetie stop
“Sweetie Stop with cheese, port and fire. 🧀 🍷
Thanks for coming to my birthday Hash, I loved it.”
Isca Hash 1135 – 6.12.17
From a secret location in Chudleigh Knighton
I was on clipboard duty ably assisted by Free Rider. Wide Receiver was running late but did just arrive in time for the circle, unlike Dampy who didn’t.
After sorting out Free Rider I left late, no problem I will use my go faster hands and run quickly to catch the pack up. Forgetting that I am not that good at running and that my old village of Chudleigh Knighton is mountainous.
I did a lot of the shorts by myself across the heath calling away but with no response, apparently our visitor Zen was doing exactly the same.
Down Downs awarded to our hosts are Hares Soapy and Melon Picker who put in a fab spread in aid of Animals in Distress.
Zen Andy Cole received a down down for visiting.
Whoopsie Lee White for doing a Whoopsie
“50 badge to Gymslip…& Menage Paul Dean finally was awarded his 200 badge. Not late, it has just taken longer than he hoped to do 200 runs.”
Secret Santa labels handed out. Who took 2 labels when they should have taken only 1??
On On Tight
Isca Hash 1134 – 29.11.17 – The Tally Ho Inn, Exeter
Hare: Bell Toll
What What…Tally ho!
I say, old boy: we had a jolly fun time last night at the hash, and well, Bell Toll, he’s a jolly good fellow. GM rallied the hounds, bloody 100s of them, with a “Righty-ho, chaps let’s gather round”…and then we were off! It was a spiffing trail through streets, footpaths and up & down Ludwell Valley Park…had to watch out for the the brambles and nettles…filthy little blighters, course we lost half the troops, blasted fools went the wrong way…”Dash it, we’ve missed the ruddy trail” hollered Tow Tow and Dottie and that chap with the rather fetching hat, Chardonnay or some such nonsense…we thought the dog was a goner! Still some fellow…possibly Woody & Gymslip, rah rah!….nice legs….had a looksy. It was a completely wasted journey. Damned woman hadn’t lost him after all. Bad show old boy, bad show.
Then, time for the down downs…the hare of course, and the dashing Odd Bitz turning 400, damned landlord kept calling him ‘Cold Bitz? Old Bitz?’…that’s just not cricket. And poor old croaky Wide who had in fact nearly communicated the whole time with sign language..bit tricky to make out in the dark. Public house..well..that establishment was simply super, lashings of lights and glittery things, a good nosh up, decent tipple, charming company. All round a good show.
Isca Hash 1133 – 22.11.17
– The Pinhoe Hoard – Exeter, EX4 8GA
Hares: Buzby and Night Screecher
No GM. No downs downs but the RAs will remember that Porridge Oats wore new shoes – Sleeveless mentioned at the SS seeing him get them out of their brand new shoebox!!
Visitor – Grandfather Cock
Only about 10 of us braved the weather – Very wet, windy and cold. Got drenched. Amazing views over bridge motorway lights like snakes along the road – Indiana Jones moment!
Quote of night:
“Last nights run…Strong winds and wet rain!” – by Dottie
..we love your hurty rain too 🙂
Following in Indie’s footsteps didn’t seem very appealing….
Isca Hash 1132 – 15th Nov – Magdalen Street Car Park
Hare: Damp Patch
On Down: St Georges Meeting House
31 hashers (not 45) – shush! don’t tell Spocky
Visitors – Return of Sore Tits who renewed his membership! Return of Ullage.
DD: Virgins – Andy and Pete, friends of Bare Back. Fight over car parking space – Whoopsie. Tight for running for real with her running face on?? Lilo – for stuffing loads of sweets & cake then exclaiming that she had lots of energy and sprinting off really fast for about 400 yards and then getting a stitch…
Quote of the night:
Chardonnay – “I liked that trail – it had lots of wiggly bits!”
Other highlights: A Daubenton bat flying over the river and Redwings calling in flight over our heads on winter migration. Mini yoga session in car park before circle up by X-bitz & Co!
Isca Hash 1131 – 8.11.17 – Newton PopplefordHare: Lilo
On Down: Cannon Inn, High Street, Newton Poppleford, EX10 0PW
Visitor – Cousteau
A great varied route by Lilo even though she did state that it was ‘All down hill from now” after the SS…Screech was not impressed and Menage went out of his way to move logs from her path and pretend that the incline was actually an optical illusion! After avoiding a massive badger hole in the path and the intoxicating smell of fermenting apples in the air in the nearby Orchard around the sweetie stop we were told Lethal Weapon had been rolling around and consuming murky pools of apples & cider.. and from then on appeared very happy with herself for the rest of the hash! Renaming in order Max for her to Dirty Bitch perhaps?
There were so many leaves underfoot it felt like running on pillows and the route along the dark ominous river creeped out quite a few of us. I had fun leading Oddbitz astray in dark alleyways on the OH section of the route. A cunning plan to miss the down down which was foiled as they all waited for us slowpokes! There was no way I was drinking out of my new trainers, thank you very much RAs Imelda & Coffin! So sadly for Porridge Oats & Sleeveless, they received most of the beer thrown over my shoulder at them. However I did manage to dribble some down me and then later leave a lovely damp patch of tesco’s best ale on dampy’s car seat! Sorry mate
Isca Hash 1130 – 1.11.17 – Budleigh Salterton Riding Stables. HALLOWEEN THEMED
Hares: Mad Max (Birthday Boy) and Flour Power
A frightful sight greeted us as we approached the entrance to the car park – a spectre with a hideous face and a purple wand. Through the fog we glimpsed a werewolf, devil and witches haunting the grounds. I feared for my life till Tow Tow Sucker exclaimed “Why does Mad Max have a sheep with him?” – poor Lethal Weapon!
Just before starting Mad Max had the urge to yet again ask if anyone needed to pre-order food! Sadly some hashers did not receive the notice about fancy dress in time so we were a motley crew of “normal” and the unearthly….
Owls were hooting as we ran through icy cold patches of fog that sent chills down our spines and then warm patches just to lure us into a false sense of security. Several times screams were heard from afar as Flour Power aka The Phantom of the Opera pounced on unsuspecting victims on the Longs and Max appeared from the shadows to misled and hinder the path of the shorts.
There were plenty of S/L splits, at least one HAHA and check backs. Spocky decided to run all of the routes just for fun and Whoopsie managed to arrive so late after a tour of the local area via car that she earned herself a Down Down for not running any of the routes!
The Sweetie Stop produced much excitement as MadMax handed out a big box of Quality Street…yay! On Home was eventful – too many check backs so that by the end we began to despair and then just cheat: ‘Let’s just stick to the main track, it should led to the stables eventually’ – Woody and Melon Picker exclaimed. After several hills we did find our way but not until Dottie lost both of her shoes to a bog and had to be rescued. Luckily Spocky managed to ease her shoes out of the ooze which earned her a Down Down too.
Isca Hash 1129 – Oddbitz Birthday Hash, Wheathill Plantation
OD: Dog & Donkey, Knowle
Hares: Odd-Bitz Wobbly-Bitz
Big group with at least 30 hashers. Well laid trail with plenty of marks that kept the pack pretty tight and one re-group to keep us all in order.
Oddbitz warned us to stick to the trail marks on the right only and not get confused by any odd marks but just kick them out the first time we run past them as we’d be going round in circles!
Visitors – Deborah & Ross came with Bareback
– Virgin & paid member before the hash – Susan Toyne & Lincoln the dog
– Porridge Oats – Can’t remember why, just for being there?? but he had already put on his civvies and the circle felt very tempted to get his ‘pulling trousers’ all muddy…
Isca Hash 1128 – 18.10.17 – Route 5 American Diner, Haldon Hill. OD Seven Stars
Great trail by Woody. Very well marked with sawdust and flour. Very Kirtonish trail at times with cushions of moss and grass underfoot, barbed wire and gates, branches which caught our ankles, eyes and elicited lots of ‘boys screaming like girls’, and ‘girls screaming like boys’. Some of us were expecting perverts to appear at every corner from the “boys own Lube area” till someone pointed out at the Sweet Stop that the hashers are the perverts lurking around in the dark in the middle of nowhere. Not sure if that really reassured me or not!
Quotes of the night:
“It’s like running on carpet” – exclaimed Dottie along one of the shorts.
“Very good mix of terrain with ups & downs of the grass banks and running through the woods” – Flour Power on the longs.
Visitors – Dobbie & Ding Dong
Hare – Woody
Sam Boughton named Towtow Sucker! Chris Bennett was cunningly disguised wearing glasses so he was named Clark Kent…oh and also shamed for screaming whilst attacked by a spiky tree – very super hero!
(Come on Dottie, the trail goes that way over the green carpet!- pointed out Toto)
(Chris just about to take flight…or fall over??)
The Thatched House, Exwick Road, Exwick, EX4 2BQ
Hares: Mildly Moist Trish Pinhorn and Chardonnay Will Murley
Hash 1126 – 4.10.17
The Warren Car Park, Woodbury (SY 041 881)
“Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City…“
An evening full of beautiful scenery with a view of the moonlight on the sea and MadMax spotting the light from Portland Bill lighthouse. I particularly liked seeing the line of torch bearing longs zig zagging across a hill above us shorties. It was cold but dry and at times we lost the trail marks due to rain the night before. Flour Power amongst others took great delight in bouncing along the boggy grass tussocks whilst Tight made various pleadings for help and earned herself a down down for her yelps! Whoopsie and Coffin were given two down downs for their birthdays and for being Hares…so thank you to them for an eventful hash in the bog of eternal stench!!
Words for run 1125
Introducing the newly named Dottie – Philippa Boughton who explained to Tight Elly Maynard during the hash that you need to follow the dots. In fact we were very lucky there were dots of saw dust and flour as Spocky – Alan Haylock greeted everyone with “Hi, do you have any flour?” even Flour Power Alasdair Cunningham-Smith whose name suggests that he has an endless supply had decided not to run to the hash with spare flour “just in case”. Boots was bound to have flour in the landrover as Spocky rushed over. Bell Toll – Richard Punchard didn’t even have some, he never ceases to amaze me with his gadgets and hash accessories he has collected over the years. Wide stood in for Damp Patch – Tom Blackmore as GM and christened his new purple ISCA running top!
“Hash was great, very technical and muddy that made Lethal Weapon aka Molly the dog very happy” – announced David Madmax
The Bitz family were there en mass with Itsy bitz, Wobbly bitz – Sandra Paskins, Oddbitz -David Ritchie, Son of the Bitz sporting full waterproofs and X-Bitz – Rosina Haylock carrying an umbrella! Whoopsie – Lee White managed to avoid any whoopsie moment despite her trainers flapping. Imelda – Steve Toomey was on RA duty. Porridge Oats – James Bevan received a down down on behalf of Sleeveless who didn’t turn up as it was raining. Wide Receiver – Darren Maynard received a down down for being one of many who missed the carpark turning and had to do a quick reverse.
On On Tight
Hash 1123 – 20.9.17. Seven Stars, Kennford, EX6 7TR
Hare: Menage a Trois
Badge: 100 Wobbly bitz
Special award certificate to Wide from Headway
Special mention to Boots & Puss for arrival of Albert (hope that’s right??!) who very kindly bought everyone a round. Virgin – Chris. Please let me know if I’ve forgotten anything!!
Drizzle, green grass slick
Odd Bitz baby bonnet hood
Shortcuts, talk, laughter
Hash 1122 – 13.9.17. Church House Inn, Stokeinteignhead
Dampy welcomed back Pip and Sam for their 2nd Hash. Welcomed back Mindy after a long break.
Hares: Mavis and Half Nelson, laid it Tuesday but it has rained.
Down Down for Porridge Oats and Sleeveless for arriving late, doing a mini trail and forgetting torches. Also, Oddbitz for dropping his trousers after he sent Wobbly Bitz up the hill checking. Much to Tight and Screech’s shock.
Shine a Light
Saw Mavis & Half Nelson out on Hash 1122
With a smile on your faces and a tear right in your eyes.
Oh, couldn’t wait to get us started on your steep hilly trail.
Gluten free flour sprinkled down the street,
Making hash marks at every fork that we meet.
Oh, you had a good go at pushing us higher on your steep hilly trail.
May a good torch shine a light on us,
Make every turn we take the right one.
May a good torch shine a light on us,
Bright like the evening sun.
Before Wide fell over & all our shoes got wet,
He’d filmed all of us wading thru a cold muddy pool.
Just seemed too many splashes on you, we couldn’t brush them off.
FRBs pounding all their feet in time,
With smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eyes.
Whoa, thought I heard one shout for you,
Come On On, past fishhook, sweet stop, now, come On Home now.
May the good landlord shine a light on us,
Make our food & drink super quick.
May the good landlord shine a light on us,
Warm by the fireside.
May the good RAs shine a light on us,
Make each hare drink a Down Down.
May the good RAs shine a light on us,
Outside in the moonlight.
Hash 1121 / AGPU – 6.9.17 Royal Oak, Exminster. Hares: Buzby & Screech
As I didn’t partake in any of the trails I don’t have a clue what happened except that me and Tight shared a pleasant chat over drinks in the pub waiting for everyone else to get back!
Pack of 35
Visitors from Otter Valley: Gripper, Tuft, Nipper
* Virgins x2 – Pip & Sam
* Hare – Buzby
* 400 Badge for Puss in Bootless
* Yet again Porridge Oats – this week for stealing Spocky’s cap which gave him Spocky’s running..uh..skills.
I now know what an AGPU is all about and been introduced to Wide’s obsession for Hash pants!
Picture if you will – our next hash circle….
Words from Menages Bday hash!! (Run number 982) Bishopsteignton
A grand total of 27 happy hashers assembled in the carpark in Bishopsteignton, with delighted cheers all around as the Rukka family turned up for the first time in a while! Widey welcomed Lilo Lil and the Rukkas back to Isca, and the instructions were given for the trail (Run really quick. There is food). And so On On into Happy Valley, a steep climb through the bluebells and occasional squawks from Captain Peacock… at the front. Shortly after more squawks were emitted from Xbitz as she spotted a strapping young lad resembling a teenager she once knew come bounding down the hill towards her- Xbtiz and Rukka reunited! They spent so much time reminiscing that they ignored the fishhooks on the long short split! Widey and Peacock were spotted practising their leapfrogging in the lanes, and many a hardy hasher went Long, including Whoopsie Teararse and Mateus Rosie, who managed to confuse a dot for a check and were feared to be lost to the woods forever.
It was at the sweetie stop that we noticed, but seeing as we were at the end of a long section of hills nobody seemed keen to go back and look for them wink emoticon In the end Spocky volunteered and set off over the hills one side of the hedge, only for the girls to come trotting merrily along on the other a few minutes later! Having asked if theyd seen him, Whoopsie said “Who? Oh, sweets!”
Xbitx’s enthusiasm to find her errant husband lasted all of 2 seconds (“On On Spo-ah never mind”) and the shorts headed off on their trail, with the guilty girls and the hares lingering on. Menage laid his ear to the road and declared “1500 yards!”, looking up to find Spocky running haphazardly down the hill 🙂
The longs bounced off across the fields and the shorts walked rather more sedately down through the village back to the carpark and Chez Menage, where it was noticed another hasher was missing! Larks vomit had Slipperys kit in his car, and volunteered to go look for him. Spocky and Titbitz were adamant they’d seen him over their shoulders until the last 500m home, so where had he gone?
Turns out he had seen some white road markings (the ‘dig here’ kind) and followed those instead.
A glorious bbq and spread was laid on by Tully (Mrs Menage) with RedRock beer being the drink of choice, and TWO fabulous cakes being brought out and sung to. Down Downs went to: Hare Menage, Widey for not remembering where Menage lives and trying to take a big van down a narrow lane. Melon Picker for missing a part of the trail and bullshitting (!), slippery for following road markings and Quick Rukka for his attempt at a beard!!
On On!! Lilo xx
15/04/2015 Pynes Hill, Exeter OD The Blue Ball, Sandygate Hares: Imelda and Wide Reciever
… In the beginning was the Word and the Word was On-On!
We gathered at the dimming of the day in the midst of Pynes Hill business park. The weather was sublime. Barely a cloud in sight. The sun slowly sinking towards the horizon in a glorious sunset as we ran, walked and stumbled into the wide open skies of Ludwell Valley park.
Plenty of long short splits and fishooks kept us on our toes as we circumnavigated the valley and it’s many hills. The FRB’s often having to run the same hill two or three time due to the cunning use of fishhooks. Screech was spotted checking out the trail on a distant hilltop after we rejoined the shorts from the first long/short split.
On one of the Long splits we had to leap down into a stream. Shortly afterward I noticed Whoopsie’s backside was coverd in mud. Vehemently denying that she had fallen over, Whoopsie claimed that she “just slid down in the stream on her bottom so that she wouldn’t fall over” stinging her hands in the process.
The sweetie stop was at the bottom of the biggest, steepest incline of Mount Ludwell. Fuelled with Jelly Bunnies and choclate, Minx and Paddy legged it halfay up the hill and then rolly-polyed down, much to the delight of Herbie the dog who intercepted them like a missile, pouncing on their heads!
Spocky challenged me to a race up the hill which I gladly accepted, almost busting a gut to get to the top ahead of him, only to find a nice fishhook for 10 at the top, so back down we went.
This was the first Isca trail of the year for me without a torch, and we finshed in 59 minutes with plenty of natural light to see by.
Down downs went to: The Hares: Imelda and Wide Reciever, for an excellent, very sweaty hash Minx: Almost falling over when running funny and fish hook avoidance TitBitz: fish hook avoidance and no knickers Big Issue: Bringing out her supply of polos just before the sweetie stop Boots in puss: Allowing Herbie to molest Minx and Paddy.
The Blue Ball Inn took our custom for the evening. Purveyors of some mightily fine cheesy chips and also one of the longest waits I’ve ever had to get served a beer on a hash. I almost finished writing these Words while I was waiting. Buzby’s rack of ribs were bigger than his head but far from putting him off he bravely finished the lot. Man Vs Food. Man won. Screech asked Buzby: “Can I have one of your ribs Buz?”. Isn’t that what God supposedly said to Adam in the Garden of Eden? Slippery appeared in the pub having not been on trail. I heard him shouting out at one point “Who’s sniffing at my crotch”.
Having changed out of my sweaty running gear into nice clean clothes I then left the pub, cycled home and was drenched in sweat again by the time I got there. They don’t call me Damp Patch for nothing.
8th April 2015: the Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh.
Far over the Hills of Haldon cold… To valleys deep and taverns old We must away ere end of day, To hash the long-untrodden wold.
Wednesday 8th April; a day of glorious sunshine and azure blue skies, Spring was well and truly in the air (or for Daily Express readers “Easter Heatwave Hell sweeps Britain!”).
Thirty three gathered at the Nobody Inn as the sun was sinking in the sky for ‘don’t call me Crazy’ Minx and Paddy Pants Down’s Virgin Isca trail. Minx is about to start a job at the Met Office so we were encouraged to dress in suitable weather/Met Office themed attire. There were many fine attempts. To name a few: Wide Receiver and Tight Lips as a double rainbow, Coatcheck with Michael Fish on her back, the Bitz’s in weather themed headgear, Woodpecker came half dressed for a rainstorm and half for a heatwave and Soapy looked very warm in her Olaf (from Frozen) outfit. In the circle we were introduced to the Virgins (Ben and Sian) and some visitors (‘This Big’ and ‘Kilinchi’).
Minx, dressed as Storm from X-men, with a very convincing blond wig, and Paddy, dressed up ready for a BBQ Summer, sent us on our way. This was a new hashing area for me and it was a proper Devon rural idyll. Meadows full of lush, green grass and wildflowers, babbling brooks, light and airy woodland full of primroses, spring lambs in the fields. If it hadn’t been for the many, many, energy sapping hills and numerous fishhooks I could have died and gone to heaven. As it happened, because of the hills and fishhooks I felt like I was going to die on several occasions! Imelda attempted to break his neck by tumbling head first off a stile and Monty the dog attempted to snap my knee by wiping me out completely in the woods (who would have thought a dog Monty’s size could be so solid!).
At the sweetie stop we had some lovely Minx-made cakes bedecked with the Met Office logo. By this point it was getting quite dark and very cold. Cloudless skies were leading to rapid radiative cooling of the Teign valley and me.
Back at the pub, down downs were awarded to: ●the hares for an excellent trail, ●the Virgins, ●Bareback for saying “I gave birth to a lamb once”. ●Boots for stealing and carrying Spockys windmill hat around the trail ●Me for carrying a pineapple around the trail and getting very cold wearing Hawaiian shirt and shorts(I was dressed as the pineapple express).
The Nobody Inn were excellent hosts. Very good food and beer and a very good time was had by all, especially Bigfoot who was couldn’t have been more delighted by all the kisses he was getting from the harriets as they were leaving!