We’ve been at the Knaresborough bed race, details here, have a look if you missed the post, it was so funny. As I had a lot of pictures, I had to split the story in 2: the bed race and the rest.
Knaresborough is a small medieval market town in Yorkshire, first mentioned in the Domesday book. Is a picturesque and pretty town with lovely houses and a castle. There is also Mother Shipton’s Cave, a place I’ve visited last year and I plan to visit again (sorry, no link, didn’t blog about that visit).
Near the castle there are a few ravens. We passed by them and hubby asked if we can interact with them. I was sure we weren’t allowed. But I was wrong, the keeper told us the ravens are kept on a lead because they can pester visitors and there was a sign that mentioned the ravens can steal phones. They are kept like this in the summer months and in the winter they are free to roam.
The lady told me I can sit next to one of the ravens. So I approached the bird carefully, so she will not fly. I love this picture, we were both looking at hubby as if we were at a photographic studio.
The lady-keeper told me that if I want I can hold a raven on my arm. I was ecstatic, obviously. I had the opportunity to hold birds of prey, owls, pictures here and here (same bird, 2 years apart, in 2 different city centres).
She wasn’t that happy to stay on my arm because I was too excited. Hubby said I didn’t look excited, but I was and the bird sensed it and wanted to leave. As I’m interested in wildlife and I watch a few TV-shows about their natural behaviour, I was aware of her needs and left the raven alone. Hubby was amazing and managed to take a lot of pictures in a minute.
We went to the castle. We’ve seen it before from outside, but now was opened and we were able to visit it completely. The castle was built in the 12th century.