Ingrid Houwers, Founder and owner of Houwers Taxidermy NI and advisor to Game of Thrones
A good taxidermist needs to have not just artistic flair and well-honed skills in the mechanics of conducting the preservation but, possibly more importantly, a detailed understanding of the nature of the animal. How it lives, moves, acts. The best taxidermists have a passion for wildlife and all that it provides. Ingrid is definitely in that category. However, not only is she running a business from her passion but she is also actively involved in Taxidermy organisations such as the Taxidermy Association of Ireland where she is the secretary for Northern Ireland.For you Game of Thrones fans, Ingrid was a regular advisor and provider of all things ‘skin’ over the years it was filmed to ensure authenticity throughout.
Eddie from The Somerset HuntersJim meets Eddie - one half of the Somerset hunters. Although Giloe couldn't make it due to work commitments, it was great to hear how Eddie got involved in countryside pursuit and went on to form the Somerset Hunters on Instagram. The guys love hunting but more importantly eating the spoils of their efforts.
Rick Whorwood - Professional Fly FisherJim chats with Rick Whorwood. Rick is a Canadian expert fly fisher, instructor, and fly tyer. He's simply mad about fly fishing and it was great to hear more about his journey after first picking up a rod about 30 years ago.