October is here and the weather is warm and pleasant. The summer events have come to an end and over the weekend I took the static display out of the van  where  it is permanently throughout the season. The canvas weatherings made on my old industrial sewing machine are something that I am proud of – representing a distillation of numerous designs over the years. I modestly say I could not improve it in any way – they are lightweight, durable and most importantly functional protecting the birds from sun, wind and rain at events.

Apart from winter storage I wanted to clear the van to allow us to buy some materials to upgrade our lofting arrangements for the birds – which is now nearing completion and we plan further refurbishment for the aviaries  during the winter. The hawkroom is also practically finished.

I continue now to fly our winter team of birds for hotel and small group work and anything else that comes along. All are flying well.

I leave you with a picture of Madam on the knowle with her ball – she is a  personality – not all good! it was taken during the summer and due to the heat it would have been late in the day. It reminds me of that wonderful period just a few weeks ago.




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