Tuesday 29th October 2013
We are at present, midway through the Halloween Week at Muncaster. This is the biggest Halloween event in Cumbria. It sort of has to be, when you take in to account the fact that Muncaster Castle is one of the most haunted places in the British Isles; a very fitting place for the world’s first ever owl collection. That’s why it’s a ‘no brainer’ to have the owls involved with the Halloween events. Owls have universally been linked to the supernatural.
This year’s ‘Spooky Owl Tours’ are free for anybody wishing to attend who’s paid an entrance fee. When the weather has settled down, the owls have come out and performed admirably, often providing a screech or a hoot as a full stop to anything I have been saying.
This year, David, our Collection Manager has been assisting me with this event. He provides a bit of ‘silent menace’, as he stands there with a ‘feathered ambassador’, and poses with the owl for the crowds at the end of each talk.
We’re doing five tours per night, and by the time the last one comes along, my voice has dropped half an octave!
It’s a bit hard to get your head around the fact that although the place is a hive of activity at present, everything will be finished by Saturday the 2nd of November. The last Meet The Birds talk will be on Friday the 1st of November, after which we’ll be able to concentrate on re vamping the centre ready for the commencement of the 2014 visitor season. Anyway, that’s another story.
See you next week
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