Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The Rocky Road to Ruin...

It's a few days since my last post and in the interim we've had some sun, more wind and a surfeit of rain.

In fact, we've had so much rain that- as we weren't driving grouse on Monday and Tuesday- we had to initiate emergency repairs on some of our roads that had been washed out. About 50 tonnes worth of repairs. Thats a power of shovelling and, by the way, it lashed down while we shovelled. Joy.

But it was back to grouse driving today and conditions were perfect. Sunny but cool and with a nice stiff breeze. The beaters are all fit and have a good idea of what is expected of them and we had a team of guns that are reputed to be good shots.

We did 6 drives that, had we done them a fortnight ago, would have killed half the beaters. Instead we came home with slightly 'hot feet', smiles and a bag of 114 brace. When a day on the hill comes together like this, it's magical.

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