17 Sep 2015
It was meant to be a nice, quiet week here at Haddo this week but as you know, things very rarely work out like that...
We released the details for our Kids Creepy Halloween event on Sunday night and were pretty much overwhelmed with emails and phone calls throughout Monday morning. After taking bookings for over 200 kids over two nights in a little under 5 hours both evenings are now completely sold out.
The next couple of weeks are now mostly going to involve making sure we've got everything we need for far more people than we expected!
If you didn't manage to get tickets for Halloween, there's still lots on at Haddo between now and Christmas- the Haddo Arts Festival starts on 3rd October along with the Scottish Nature Photography Winners Exhibition, then there's Photography Workshops, the Back To the Future Festival, a Red Squirrel Walk, Christmas Craft Fair and Carol Concerts, and we're looking at possibly adding another kids' Christmas event in there too...
In the more immediate future (tomorrow!) there's our final recycled crafts day in the Art In Nature garden- taking old bottles, plastic, CDs etc and turning them into outdoor decorations, bird feeders, mini-sculptures and anything else you can imaging. Crafts cost £2 per child and you can just turn up on the day.
The North East Open Studios exhibition is still open as well, in the Peatyards until Monday and at Mrs Smith's until Sunday.
Before everything got a bit manic on Monday, I spent much of Sunday on a gorgeous, autumnal walk around the park. It's amazing how quickly the wildlife that's around seems to have changed. All the little warblers had vanished from the reedbeds and the woodland, and there were just a few stray House Martins flitting about over the lake. They've been replaces by lots of winter ducks- Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, a few Goosander and a little flock of Widgeon as well as flocks of Black-headed and Common Gulls and anything up to a dozen Little Grebe fishing in the quieter pools.
The Red Squirrels have all suddenly reappeared as well, after making themselves scarce for much of the summer holidays. They're all very busy now starting to stash food for the winter, so they're quite likely to just sit in the nearest tree shouting at you to get out of their way rather than running off to hide.
They're pretty regular around the Red Squirrel hide and we'll be starting to use the boxes again (woodpeckers permitting) so that's definitely be the best place to try and see them if you're walking around. If you're not passing by there, then Kemble's Walk and the big beech tree by the Lakeshore Bird Hide are pretty reliable hotspots as well.
If you've never seen a Red Squirrel and want some expert help to spot them, then Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels are running a squirrel walk in October, alternatively there's a good chance of seeing them on our October photography workshops. Details of both events are on the events pages.