18 Dec 2014
It's the beginning of the holidays here at Haddo, and this will be our final blog until the new year, so perfect time to wish you all a happy christmas from Haddo!
We were hoping for a bit of Christmassy snow for our wildlife tracking day on Saturday but (despite it looking very promsiing from my kitchen window near Peterhead) we had to make do with looking for tracks in the mud and heavy frost on the Scots Mile.
Willow Lohr was a fantastic leader as always, giving the group a comprehensive starter course on recognising and interpreting a range of animal footprints. We also had a good session indoors examining various bits of nut shell and pine cone to learn how to recognise teeth and beak marks and work out what had eaten the contents...
We'll be looking at more bushcraft events in the new year (including one as part of British Science Week) so let us know if there are any crafts or outdoor skills you'd like to get involved in and we'll see what we can arrange!
We had a nice visit on Wednesday from Steve Willis from Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels and the team from Wood Recyclability in Ellon who make all of their (and our) squirrel feeding boxes, as well as bat and bird boxes and everything from benches to bridges!
They came out in the hope of seeing a couple of squirrels and in fact managed to see at least 10 on their walk round the park. There were at least three out in front of the squirrel hide as well, which gives us hope that one day we'll actually manage to photograph one using the feeding boxes!
There are still a couple more events on the calendar before the new year. On Saturday we have the final two HHCOS carol concerts, both performances are now sold out- a record breaking 440 tickets sold for the four performances.
If you need any last-minute presents, the NTS shop will be having it's end of year sale on 20th and 21st, so well worth popping up to the courtyard to grab a few extra stocking fillers.
On Christmas Eve our Popcorn time movies are a Frozen sing-along at 10.30am and the perfect Christmas movie It's A Wonderful Life at 7pm. Tickets are available from the NTS.
Then on Christmas Day join us for a festive service in the beautiful Haddo Chapel, starting at 10.30am.
The park, NTS shop and tearoom will all be open as normal over Christmas and New Year- the park will be open dawn-dusk seven days a week and the shop and tearoom will be open on Saturdays and Sundays. The chapel will be open on Christmas Day for the service only.
Who knows what the weather will be like over the next few weeks but if it's been snowy or icy then please take care, and remember that on bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year the paths and car park may not be gritted or cleared as regularly as usual.
Whether you're visiting Haddo, staying at home or away for the holidays, we hope you have a fantastic Christmas and we'll see you again in the new year!