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The Joys of September

10 Sep 2015

September is the time when signs of Autumn start to appear.  It is a time for change and as you walk around the Park you will see the first leaves starting to turn golden brown.  The last of the wild raspberries can still be found and rowanberries are growing deep red in the late summer sun.

Car parking improvements at Haddo

Newly painted white lines in the main car park will hopefully mean better parking for visitors at the weekends and public events at Haddo.  The lines clearly define spaces and if everyone respects the spaces marked out it should increase the number of cars that we can accommodate on busy days.  For special events when large numbers of cars are expected and volunteer staff are available, extra parking may be provided in the field next to the main car park.  However, wet conditions can sometimes make access to this area unsuitable for cars.

Poetry and Music evening

The wind and rain last Friday provided a backdrop to the evening but prevented a walk around the park. Instead we could hear Nature's own music in the trees.  Petra Vergunst read poetry, sang some traditional bothy songs and sea shanties and played a variety of tunes on the piano, including the elegiac L'Hirondelle by Burgmuller which reflected the mood perfectly.  She also performed 4'33", John Cage's controversial performance of silence, allowing the audience to absorb the sounds around them and experience this in their own way.  The evening was a reflection on what 'music' is, in the wider sense.

Volunteer action

Volunteers from the Bridge Group in Ellon have been volunteering regularly at Haddo, painting and planting. They have contributed many hours of work alongside other local volunteers.  The project aims to build their confidence and skills in different activities.  We are fortunate to have their help here at Haddo.  More volunteers are always needed to join us.

COMING UP - Recycled Craft Day 12 September

The last of our Recycled Craft Days is on Saturday 12 September from 11am-4pm, led by environmental artist, Jemima Chillingworth who worked at Haddo in 2013 on the Sensory Mapping Project.  Jemima will show children how to make bird feeders, flowers and other curiosities from recycled materials.  The birds in the Art in Nature Garden are certainly appreciating the new bird feeders make from plastic bottles and the renovated bird tables too.  If you stay a while you will see bluetits, coaltits, blackbirds, sparrows and robins taking peanuts from the feeders.  New bird boxes have also been put in trees ready for their new occupants to take up residence.

COMING UP - Photography Workshops on 10/11 October

There is another opportunity to take part in the very popular Photography Workshops on 10 and 11 October.  For more details and to book see our events page: www.visithaddo.com/events

The Joys of September 

Although the weather continues to be very unpredictable there are plenty of pleasures to be found indoors and outdoors.  The NTS Shop has some lovely products on offer including a range of new toys and books connected to our wildlife at Haddo.

Tearoom specialities

The NTS Tearoom is promoting the 2015 Year of Food and Drink by featuring a special cake, drink or dish each month.  This month, September is the month of Celebration and some extra special and delicious muffins are on offer for afternoon tea.