A Walk with a Hawk, and other stories

Today I’ve had a lovely day working at the office.  Well, I say working, but actually, I was taking a little time out to explore the site where I have my office.  Lingfield Point, in Darlington: the former site of the Patons and Baldwin wool factory, which is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary with the SIXTY exhibition being held at The Beehive building on site between 11am and 2pm until Friday 8th of August.

We visited the exhibition to see some great pieces of memorabilia and photographs.  I was interested in the plans of my office and seeing how the Yarn corridor I work in was used by the directors of the company.

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I’m sure everybody had their own rug to stand on

We loved seeing this poster of how Patons and Baldwin changed the face of the wool making industry – but I assume there was a bit of poetic licence being used.  What I particularly liked was the lady at the front, right hand side who appears to be applying her lipstick, chocolates being offered, and the cat with the bow (click on the picture to see these more clearly). I’m sure these were all common practices at the factory 😀

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Not a style everybody could carry off….

 

 

 

 

There was also a *lovely* knitted outfit which I’m sure was all the rage at the time, but I don’t think I’d be recommending it as a style for many of my clients.

There was original furniture and ornaments from the sixties in one corner, photos of new starters straight from school, events from the social club, and business records available to look at in detail.  It was fascinating.

Then upstairs to see the work of my favourite local artist (because he painted my portrait) James Paterson  who has been painting knitting patterns for many years (as well as lots of glamorous pin up girls plus lego characters and bottle tops).

We then went on the highlight of the day: walking with Freya the Harris Hawk.  I’ve met Freya in person before: one very cold November Saturday and I stood and talked to Colin, her handler, till I was blue with cold.  Today it was the opposite extreme and quite warm so Freya wasn’t in the mood for hunting.  Instead she flew to various perches and tormented the gulls around the site with her presence till Colin was able to entice her down.  The gulls are not happy with her being around and they swoop at her, and Colin, when they are walking around.  This was particularly evident when I thought that I could feel one flying past and Colin confirmed there are one or two particularly aggressive gulls, and yes, it had been close!  We also had to watch out for their weapon of choice – although that is supposed to be lucky but thankfully their aim was not accurate today 😀

We did think that she might have spotted something as she made a swoop for the trees.  It may have been a rabbit, but, if so, it escaped.  She watched for a moment then dived onto the ground and Colin thought she had caught something – but if it was a mouse, it was a lucky mouse and Freya had to be content with her usual food from Colin’s gauntlet.

Freya may be stroked, after you have shown her that your hand is empty (so she doesn’t take a big bite), but she was rather too interested in my red fingernails, so I didn’t attempt it today.  Here’s a short video of Freya in slo-mo which is just fantastic.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy blog post "A Walk with a Hawk and other stories"

You might find this if you go for a Walk with a Hawk

I was also lucky enough to find one of Freya’s moulted feathers on the ground, and I have a “Walk with a Hawk” badge to remind me of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

And I can’t wait to go out for a walk with this beauty when she is grown up:

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A baby Goshawk – just waiting to grow up and start flying with Colin

All of this is why I have this postcard pinned on my wall:

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I love working at Lingfield Point

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Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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