In December 2021 I had a very special, and unusual, request by text. The message asked ‘Hello bird Lady of Fowey 🙂 Can an owl deliver a letter?’
Well, that got my attention straight away! The details were that his wife’s birthday was on New Year’s Eve and he wanted to suprise her with an invitation to a night away at Hogwarts Harry Potter World for Valentine’s Day [what a lovely husband!]. Of course to make the moment really perfect he needed an owl to deliver this news, and so he sent me that first message.
I asked what he had in mind – to which he replied he had no idea! So we made a plan, luckily he lived locally to me. I would knock on their door at 2pm on New Year’s Eve with Peanut and a note attached to his anklet. The husband was to make sure his wife answered the door and Peanut would do the rest!
So we did exactly that, it worked like clockwork and as you can see by the huge smiles this special birthday treat was a massive success!
While I am sure the birds have enjoyed nearly a year of pretty much being allowed to kick back and relax, they seem equally interested in seeing people in their fields again. My concerns that they would become unsocialised have proven to be unfounded, thankfully, and I am glad to say that the private booked sessions are running again, safely in the open air.
The Spring weather has been glorious and it has been wonderful to greet visitors and share the field, and my birds too of course! Christmas gift vouchers have been cashed in and people have been pleased to be allowed to go somewhere new and do something different, as you can see by their beaming smiles 🙂 This week I have also hosted two visits by Tywardreath Playgroup. It really has been lovely to see the kiddies running around exploring, laughing, giggling and asking SO many questions! It was wise to suggest they split into two groups, and I love how the new seating circle worked. For those of you who have visited my field you may remember I had a yurt in that spot….time moves on, as does the yurt which is now in a field near Exeter, and the footings have been moved around to create this new space. The toddlers running around have flattened the rabbit diggings brilliantly!!!!
With a new owl joining the team we are looking forward to a more sociable year than 2020. Meanwhile, here is Willow my 3yr old Barn owl and Gracie the new team member, also 3 and a Northern White-Faced owl.