Ghosts, Ghouls & Witches ….. OOOOO !

So began the Halloween version of Hills Hash this year … set by Skippy from the local cemetery ! We were all assembled in ghoulish attire (some more than others !) and waited for instructions. Most of the pack had made an effort and were resplendent in stuff but, those who weren’t, had attire inflicted on them by Leapfrog or Pink Bits (who both, always, have surplus costumes)
Anyway, the Hare gave concise instructions that were not complete (as if ….. ) and sent us on our way. He did mention a drink stop so we were gung-ho !
The run and walk veered off from each other but not too far as runners heard the horn now and then  … There was a bit of confusion for walkers with a sign saying SW or LW  ….. so some took the LW and others (knowing by intuition where the drink stop was going to be … !) took the SW. Funnily enough, the pack converged at the Leapfrog/Passiona’s place for the welcome cooling beverages.
Back in the circle, we had lots of laughs with the charges given to the Hare, Franger. visitor D-Cell, Skimpy & anyone else that made eye contact with stand-in RA Passiona !
We ended the circle with our Hash song …. not very well … but we will work on it !
Till next week ….. AT 5 PM – at 5 PM – at 5 PM
See you then
Pink Bits x

Rain Stopped Play ….. !

Well, not exactly but it was a ferocious weather day and P M Had some significant challenges all day whilst (good old fashioned word … !) setting the run, Lets face it, when you go to the effort of setting a run and the rain wrecks your work,  it is a bit annoying. Still, with cheerful snigger, PM set the pack off in various directions, assuring all that it was a short run. Yeah ……. right ……. It is PM we are talking about !
Walkers went up a GENTLE slope, while runners JUST WENT UP A BIG BLOODY HILL ….. didn’t they Franger ? No drink stop and 40 minutes later we were all back (or so we thought ….. )
A message from the Safety Committee : PLEEZE contact someone (usually Pink Bits … self appointed Health and Safety Occifer) then we knows – you is safe an all that ! Taking photos of fab fluffy ferns is OK but  …. lets have a call to alert us of your quirks !
Needless to say, (but I will)  everyone was back in the normal 24 hours (!) and it was a great run, despite the hurdles.
Also, added bonus, was Light My Fire’s great Hash Nosh – Thai Green curry and Pink Bits version of Birthday cake (chocolates)
On – On
P B x

A Very Hashy Breakfast !

In a departure from the usual Hash run, we met at the Weir Rose Garden for a breakfast eggstravaganza ! Slightly dazed and confused, as it was morning, the usual suspects assembled in raincoats and all manner of wet weather gear as it was, lets say, damp, wet & windy as heck !
In a brief moment of sunshine (*its picking up*  says Leapfrog !?) we were given run instructions.  Of course the trail had been well and truly washed away but being the confident Hare’s that they are, Leapfrog/Passiona  set us off …..Go that way >>>>>>>>> sort of ……..
So the runners, grimacing as it started to drizzle, set of at the usual cracking pace (run fast in rain = less wet)  while walkers tramped up the slight hill and disappeared !
Meanwhile, the grand breakfast preparations were going full steam ahead…. well when I say full steam, I mean half steam as only one of the BBQ plates were working. Drat ! …… Then the invasion of the body(bun) snatchers…..oops I mean …magpies, parrots and ravens began in earnest ! Keeping them away was a full time job. Jousting with umbrellas worked for a while …
When the pack returned, we decided to have a progressive breakfast, moving from one set of BBQ’s to another. This in itself was quite hazardous (Hashing is dangerous !) as Passiona would confirm .. bun in beak of maggie ! It was a funny moment … seriously !
We decided to hold over the circle & charges till next week even though the illustrious RA had returned from her secret RA business. Too cold/damp/wet
No-one went home hungry at least ! There was even hot coffee …..
On – On
Pink Bits x

The Messing of the Dogs …….

Hashers were congregating on Darlington Oval’s “doggie paradise” patch. The weather was good, the company was jovial and the dogs were ….everywhere !
The hares, Trainwreck & Shagged Out, went to a lot of trouble to make sure we would be entertained and could follow a well marked trail.
Runners and walkers set off in opposite directions and soon enjoyed a bush track with wildflowers aplenty. Being in D’ton, we were soon aware that there were a few hills (?) but nothing too complicated for walkers at least ! It is getting a little warmer so those uphill treks are starting to bring on a light sweat but what about the flies … they were about in force (was it something to do with the dogs ?) and sticky.
Back at the start (walkers came back first) some of us investigated the *doggie memorial*  stump across the oval. Ahhh !
Once the runners staggered back on wobbly legs and had partaken of some refreshment, the circle was called and the charges flew thick and fast. As the RA is still absent (at a special retreat for RA’s …. nudge nudge … wink wink…) the stand-in, Dripper,  inflicted down-downs, some well deserved and some not so well deserved to all and sundry (what about those pesky other dogs I say …. charge their owners for too much fun …)
All in all, it was a great run with care and attention to detail. Just missing a drink stop ….
On – On
Pink Bits  x

The Unimaginably Non-Confusing and Potentially Almost Run !

To start with, this was Skimpy’s run and he was only a Co-Hare as other valiant Hashers stepped in to *normalise* the trail.
We gathered just down the road from the abode of the Skipsters and soon found we were many. (not everyone gets nervous when Skimpy is Hare)
Instructions, (Oh Heavens above …) were actually from the trail setters so we had a decent idea of where we were going and what sort of trail to look for, as opposed the windmill arm actions of Skimpy !
Runners and walkers set off in opposite directions but into some delightful bush complete with wildflowers and BIG roos (one flashed across our walk and was almost chased by a few Hash dogs !) It was a great walk but, so I heard, not so fantastic a run … a bit of a shemozzle to be exact with false trails being false and checks being circles …..
Meanwhile we all met at the drink stop, which was a moving feast, stopping  like an ice-cream van … whenever you waved.
Most of the pack followed the runners back so there was a log crossing and some obstacles, but we all ended up back at the start with no losses.
Once the circle was called,  the charges were thick and fast for the Hares, moving on to Virgin Runner (welcome … both of you !) long time no-sees and returnees. It was a lot of work for the Monk who had to charge himself at one point as did Trainwreck, who was just missing out !
Great day followed by a beacon lit to alert low flying aircraft that could have almost melted the fuselage. Certainly warmed the cockles of the Hashers who stood too close.
P. B. x

Every Which Way …… ? (with 2 drink stops !)

This was a seriously beautiful day to have our first ever run in Whiteman Park that encompassed some lovely scenery and bushland.
OK … it was a bit flat (but so are Guildford runs  … ?) but it was very pleasant.
Hares Dripper & Pink Bits gave a few instructions (like to mind out for trains, trams, wayward Kubota’s, cattle, wildlife and water … lots of water !)
Runners and walkers set off in opposite directions … walkers were following blue poles (the Jackson Pollock walk ?) and runners went off in some random circling direction virtually covering a lot of the park. A few false trails fooled a few (Ha Ha) but not to confusing.
All the pack miraculously combined, at the same time, at the great LOOKOUT high up (just so we could say there was a climb …) overlooking the swamp with bird life. This was also the first drink stop with a tablecloth and fancy cocktail glasses ……
Then on to the bird hide just a few metres ahead for a *bird eye view* over the swamp (and strategically positioned ducks ….well done Pink Bits )
Here was drink stop 2 (without tablecloth or cocktail glasses ….)
We all got back within the hour so there were nibblies and a quick circle. As the RA was absent, the stand-in RA (Dripper) had to fine himself for the run which by all accounts was good. Otherwise a few charges were doled out and we departed the park well before the closing time.
Whiteman Park Wonderful……
Pink Bits  x

WOW … So Many Options For A Title …!

This week’s run started with a *Human Foot* marking a NEW direction … because the Hare CHANGED HIS MIND ….. What the …..? A human foot ???
Then we eventually gathered outside some unsuspecting folks gate to riffle through their verge throw out that was quickly depleted (Oh … we do have some squirrels in the pack)
The pack got sent off on an uphill track (Yuk) that did level out and encompassed some spectacular scenery and, eventually, a welcome drink stop, albeit on a dull track by a big tree with an esky well hid ! It really was a good drink stop ….. ! Most welcome …! As walkers were first on the scene we had the major part of refreshments and moved on …
It seems that the runners did find the remains …. (Tee Hee)
Another great moment was the fact that 3 (Yes 3) generations of a family *got lost….waylaid …. or just had too much fun at the drink stop*  and came very late, running in carrying the esky ! Oh Boy are we good !!! (It was empty … !)
The fun did not stop there … In the circle, we had blood … blood on the tracks (as per Mr DYLAN) so the Lame Duck came out ! However, there was a competition as to who earned it most ! (Really !)
Finally, the front running B******S were rewarded with the very latest award named *Titty-Winx*  You just had to be there as Leapfrog was soooooo chuffed with her purchase !
As a slight aside Porno – person (?) turned up so late and as the Hare had changed his mind (female side apparently) tried to do the run backwards. Fortunately, he was not too traumatised and joined a few of us for a curry afterwards ….. !
The exhausted Pink Bits x

Hills House Warming

Super sunny Sunday had the pack cosy parking on the verge at Dosh and Wacuda’s new abode. After a few escorted tours around, we were directed to the On-On
Walkers followed a very well marked trail that took in a bit of bush track and runners had similar. There were not many hills in these parts and even less water but lovely wildflowers dotted about.
It seemed that the runners were quick this week so got back in record time before the walkers who straggled in eventually ! We had a few nibblies before the circle was called and the Hare got his down-down (well deserved) The Monk took over and lashed out a few charges then opened the floor. This led to silly, silly charges and after all were exhausted we regrouped around a fire and yummy soup & bread supper.
Thanks Dosh/Wacuda for your hospitality !
On On

Wet Socks, No Water & More Wet Socks ….. !

Don’t you just love it when the Hare says “It wasn’t this wet when I looked last time”
So, on a very pleasant Sunday afternoon, the pack gathered in eager anticipation of a saunter/jog round historic Guildford ! In true form, the Hare GPS informed us that we would be on chalk and flour .. (unusual for Hills !) but we took off feeling confident that all would be well.
In many ways it was BUT, also, it was not ! For the runners it was a quick dash back to the circle ….. for the walkers it was a slow slop through the reeds, mud,cold watery stuff, subsiding trail close to more wet stuff and slippy trail. Not much to worry about ….. ! Thank goodness Free Beer and the newest member of the club were ok ! Skimpy just did his usual veer off to the end of the earth and made it back with Teflon Kid still smiling … Glad to get rid of the competition (Baby sister …)
Most of the pack came back with wet socks so not much sympathy for any particular Hashers. We had a shortish circle with stand-in RA (SNB in a new role that he had obviously practised …) The charges were dispatched with swiftly and as it was getting chilly, here endeth the run report !
P B xxx

Among The Pesky TV Towers Again !

First of all, hope everyone enjoyed the AGPU last Saturday night and CONGRATULATIONS to all the award winners.

WELCOME to the new committee for 2018 – 2019 Hope you have a great year …
SNB was the Hare of the day and set a good number of Hashers on their way with spots, dots and W’s. There was a promise of a drink stop and so the pace was sharp !
Walkers were treated to some lovely bushy trails which zig-zagged around and almost back on itself ! (going dizzy …) Rustling and Horn in the distance led us to believe theywere not far away. However, just as we thought we would not get a drink stop, the bush miraculously cleared and a welcome table with refreshments appeared… Yay ! After a short break, the runners turned up, ready for the splash !
We returned to the start for a short-ish circle with new GM & new RA. There was a hat presentation to a Hasher who will be known as a Comrade (Ha Ha) and a Birthday charge, a new shoe charge and some other ones !
We had the arrival of Hash Nosh to speed up proceedings so went off to have some further sustenance.
On – On
P B x