I just finished reading “Ravenmaster” My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London” by Christoper Skaife. Yeoman Warden Skaife takes great care of these intelligent, quirky beings and brings his and their world into ours.
I have always loved birds. I have kept doves and parrots and canaries for decades. I know how smart they are, how mean and vengeful they can be, and how they can love and mourn just like us.
I visited the Tower back in 1999 as my memory recollects. I wanted to see the ravens and got some photographs of them. In the gift shop, I picked out a stuffed raven to bring home, and to this day, he sits upon my shelf.
After I read Yeoman Warden Skaife’s book, I went to look upon my raven closely and read his leg tag and wing tag once again. They said Thor. I smiled. I am not a Raven Master but a Reiki Master and in my work, I have been privileged to sit with many an intelligent and sentient being as they closed their eyes in peace.
This morning, upon awakening, I picked up Thor and whispered, “Good Morning.” If you read Christopher Skaife’s book, you will understand why.
Yeoman Warden Skaife, you mention you read all your media postings. I hope this blog finds its way to your eyes. I am an Author as well. I write mostly fairy tales. In one of my collections, I tell the story of the deep love a raven Syran feels. I would like to send you my story, as I know you will understand.
Thank you for this book. I hope one day I revisit the Tower and gaze upon these magnificent beings again……maybe bring a bag of crisps along the journey. Here is a my book, I painted the cover, which shows this raven fairy tale, “Love’s Price.” If you do read my blog, please message me where to send it.
I know you would never teach a raven to say “Nevermore,” but I will continue to tell my Thor Good Morning evermore, because of you. If anyone visiting my blog has dreams of visiting London and the Tower, please read “Ravenmaster” beforehand; you will see so much more than Tower birds once you do………
****Note……my daughter informed me after reading this that we visited the Tower more around 2007-2008. Sigh, I wish I had more of a raven’s memory 🙂