Saturday: We had a nice easy run up to Colchester
until we were about ¼ mile from the site then we found that, having
missed our turning, we were now in some sort of vortex that took
us around the same round-about half a dozen times! Finally saved
from our circumambulations, we arrived at St. Botolph’s and
got onto the priory green where we were met by Clive who
had provided a huge gazebo for us to set up in - now that is what
we call luxury.
We were lucky enough to meet Olivia, who is a story teller
at the Horniman
Museum in London and familiar with the mermaid that
they have there. Mine was inspired by that specimen which is the
only mermaid I have seen in collections that is, for want of a better
word, animated. Technically, my specimen is a merman as is the Horniman
specimen and the Merman
of Lake Superior, which I saw at the Indian Trading Post
in Banff, Canada a few years back.
The local museum had a little exhibit going which included a rather
nice little stereoscope and a leopard
skull which, I noticed, had information on when it was taken written
on the skull, much the same way as a bear skull that I saw recently.
There was also the opportunity for visitors to dress up as Victorians
and have their photo taken.
At some point during the morning I ended up in a photo shoot with
a couple of youngsters for the local paper and then back to business.
I met a lady who was into Cryptozoology,
not an -ology recognised by many folks but a very interesting one
nonetheless. My approach to ‘unknown’ animals is use a field guide
first and then, when it is not there take a closer look until you
run out of options. I love looking at photos of mystery critters
but so far sea monsters are usually decomposed whales or sharks,
the majority of Bigfoot photos are fakes and chupacabras
are just mangy coyotes. On an upside there is a great video
of a black cat taken in Scotland a couple of years ago,
the beast’s size can be measured by the railway line and the post
that it walks by – that is not your average moggy!
We met a young lady who was portraying a Suffragette so
I told her to ask Cassandra about her blouse which carries
the secret code of the movement. Later I met a girl who, on being
shown the platypus, exclaimed “I thought they were blue!” apparently
there is a character called Perry
the Platypus who is blue which leads me to ponder on the
educational value of the moving picture box…
These one day local events can be excellent and today was no exception;
the weather was fantastic and the visitors knowledgeable and entertaining
to talk to.
This is Prof. Grymm in search of the Ropen...rule
1: use a field guide…can you see what it is yet?