SO yesterday was our Confederation Walking Tour. It started out a wonderful day, it wasn’t too hot, almost perfect weather. The guides arrived to Woodland a little early to make sure that everything was in working order for the tour, that no groundhogs had created holes for us to trip in and that all the stones looked their best. We also went through the entire tour once to make sure that it would remain approximately an hour and that no one would be out in the heat for too long.
The first tour began at 1:00 but people began showing up as early as 12:00. It was nice to have a little time to interact with the crowd and to see how excited they were about our work. Its nice to hear that the London community seems to be as passionate about history as the four of us are! The closer it got to 1:00, the more and more people arrived. We probably ended up having over one hundred guests for the first tour. Luckily, we had four guides and we could split the group in half. Each group had over fifty, so it was a bit difficult to stick to the hour tour. It turned out very well though, and the first tour went better then I anticipated. I spoke to some guests afterward and they had nothing but amazing things to say. They complimented us on the tour and on our public speaking skills. They were also very happy that we included some scandalous stories as well as spent a lot of time at our Scottish cemetery site.
The second tour went just as well as our first with only one small hiccup; it started pouring rain towards the end. Luckily, the rain did not last long, only about 10 minutes, and people didn’t seem to mind getting a bit wet to stay and listen to our stories. Just like the first, people stayed behind after the tour to congratulate us on our find and to rave about the tour. I was happy to hear that a lot of them are following our blog and are interested to see where the summer takes us next!
We only have a little bit more to do at our Scottish Cemetery before we move on to other projects in July. Although I am sure we will not find anything to the same extent, I am sure whatever we do will be just as exciting as the last two months have been.
As a final note, I would just like to thank everyone that came out to our walking tour on Saturday. We really hope you all enjoyed yourself and that you walked away having learned something new and exciting. Thank you all for your support, we really appreciate it.