Sunday: Last show of the year and here we are on Shortest
Day…and the weather was fine. Out on the lawn the fallow
deer were ambling about and above us a great
spotted woodpecker called, possibly by way of encouragement
to get our museum into the WWI Room. This is a very cosy, and warm,
room with plenty of space for the exhibits. Today we set up the
Grymm Tooms Picture Company and Grymm’s World of Wonders.
Paul and Debbie from French
Living History turned up rather early and we introduced
them to our new exhibit; the tapeworm, this is a proto-type with
room for improvement. One of my visitors was an Australian
lady who had seen plenty of wild duck-moles, this event is
the only place where I have met two ladies who have seen or worked
with the platypus. We had a great chat about my platypus
and some of its oddities such as the rather small tail; platypus
tails vary according to fat storage, since mine had to look like
an old mounted specimen, the tail is about the same length as the
head, again based on specimens and old paintings. If you look at
some old paintings you will notice that the ‘beak’ bone structure
is visible, this is because the artist was working from a dead,
and no doubt rather dry, specimen.
One girl was somewhat put off by some of my exhibits, the glaring
eyes of the non-descript seem to have particularly un-nerved her.
She was OK after a few minutes and her curiosity got the better
of her. As it turned out she was especially interested in the stereoscope
and while I chatted to her father she seems to have gone through
our entire collection of stereoscopic photos.
We had plenty of visitors throughout the day but were rarely inundated
and I even had time to sneak out and have lunch. Our last visitor
was a young lady who certainly knew her critters and had worked
with quite a few, including the Virginia
opossum. This is the critter that uses playing dead as a mode
of defence; this act involves exuding a vile smell and horrid green
anal fluid. I once had the ‘interesting experience’ of a garter
snake evacuating itself on me; the smell took ages to get rid
Liz brought her niece Kerry to see us; when she told
me that she was studying psychology I wondered if GTTM would
become part of her study! Well, it was time to go, we packed, said
goodbye to Brian, Liz, Kerry and Anna
and headed off into the Solstice darkness.
So Season Three comes to a close, it has been a particularly hard
one for us, the elements have not been kind and it has been great
to finish off not only warm and in doors but also with good weather.
Aside from the climate it has been a very successful season with
exciting new venues and friends.
As for the museum, well, it has occurred to us that we are no longer
re-enacting a Victorian Museum – we are a real museum! I
have never tried counting my exhibits but it is lots and I am always
on the lookout for new specimens to buy or make. The Grymm Tooms
Picture Co. has grown rapidly over the last year and is the
most authentic of our exhibits, Medical Marvels is undergoing
a transformation for next year and Grymm’s World of Wonders
just keeps on growing with new projects forming even as I write.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us this year, the friends
that we have made since we started and all those visitors eager
for knowledge - long may they ask “What’s that then?”