9 November 2012

No ordinary job

Last week's post shows that a Ranger's job can include tasks perhaps not naturally associated with the job... here's a couple of other things not normally in the job description!

As November arrives it's time to get the steam yacht 'Gondola' out of Coniston Water for the winter and it's traditional that our Rangers give a hand. We thought you might like a look at how it was done last year when a time-lapse video was made of the process, it definitely looks like hard work!


By way of contrast Gondola's exit from the water usually coincides with the annual Speed Week on the lake when very fast boats indeed go all out to break records. It makes an interesting contrast as we have the sight of the fastest and most modern-looking of boats sharing space at the pier with the traditional, slow and stately Gondola.

Speed Week visiting boat with 'go-faster' stripes
Moving on, our Rangers did a brilliant job last week at the Half-Term Halloween-inspired events at Wray Castle where we had many families enjoying a range of activities. Favourite with the kids seemed to be the broomstick-making, led by Richard with a number of other Rangers also lending a hand in the production process...(See our Flash slideshow below, just click on the ranger titles 1-6 to move to the other images.)


It seems like the Rangers enjoyed it as well as the kids; and we think the smiles of these happy visitors says it all!

One family looking very happy with the Rangers' efforts

And the Rangers aren't finished yet: during November while Wray Castle is open at weekends they will be leading Autumn Art and wildlife activities, so once again when a Ranger gets home and gets asked 'what did you do at work today?' the answer is likely to be an unusual one !

Find out about activities at Wray Castle until Xmas from our Events webpage or Facebook page.

post by Linda
video | photographybyward
speedweek boat photo | Sam Stalker
Ranger photos | the Wray Castle team
broomsticks photo | the Winkley family

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