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Lost Castles of Ruglen

Finding our stories, holding onto them, re-growing them maintains the threads that bind us to our land (maybe ropes would be more fitting for Rutherglen), knit our communities together, reweave our connection. Finding and keeping those stories calcified into stones is important, it is a way to know the land we stand on and if…

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#KistinThyme Tattie Bogles

Tattie bogles #KistinThyme The first school session for #KistinThyme was created for a class who were studying Scottish Food this term, I like to create links between my sessions and the children’s topics, that way the multi-faceted nature of storytelling becomes more tangible, children can see the connections…sometimes with even greater ease than the grown…

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#KistinThyme The Sustainable Story Loom

Deanston home of one of the Primary Schools I’m working with for A Kist in Thyme, is an old mill town on the river Teith, the mill which dates back to 1785 is now Deanston Distillery and visitor centre, but is still plays a very central role in the village, it’s vast rectangular structure dominates…

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2016 Storytelling Dates for Schools

To be honest any day is a good day to have a good storyteller in school, there is a story to suit every transition and topic and a storytelling workshop is always a great way to engage learners in every aspect of life. But sometimes it helps to have a date or an event to…

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Eclipses

Eclipses? Equinoxes? Birthday Animals??? Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 26 March 2015 13:27   So we’ve had an eclipse and a gorgeous spring equinox and I have tales of ravenous wolves, rosemary, juniper, museums, radio shows and wars to share…but do you know my maternity leave ends next week…so I’m going to indulge myself…

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Treasured Tastes

A slice of conversation, chatter about food with my Living Voices groups. #treasuredtastes for #dementiaawarenessweek 2015 Amanda Edmiston: Posted on 07 June 2015 19:49 Our conversations started over a plate of the first Scottish strawberries of the season… we have a bags of herbs and spices to pass round…             …

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Queen of Winter

Cailleach Bheur, the blue crone, Queen of Winter Amanda Edmiston Botanica fabula: Posted on 05 November 2015 20:06   ‘She was needed, Carlin now she became and midwife too, loved and needed by the people in her new home, learning to tend the goats and heal with herbs, many stories can be heard, I hear…

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To a Mouse (the first time)

Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 06 September 2012 20:54 It has to be said that I LOVE MY JOB……really REALLY love it, and at any given moment I’m in raptures about a recent gig, I love everything about it, the excitement at new bookings, the struggle to grasp at and find inspiration for what…

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Potions part one!

R says rrrred as beetroot S says sssspirulina and T says ttt…turmeric! Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 04 October 2012 21:03 ‘Mum, have we got any algae….can I have a wee bit in a jug…..and the other things’…..the child appeared with an armful of plastic kitchenware balanced like the Lakeland company had revived ‘Double…

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Hold Me Dear

HIDDEN SPACES IN A DEAR GREEN PLACE   http://www.holdmedear.co.uk/#!dear-green-place/c8he   This is the gate into my Glasgow…the one that drew me in…a gothic doorway into a cherished plant filled space. Now as we planned to leave, my daughter and I decided to create a photographic record of the stories we discovered whilst we were here,…

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Wild Garden Sundials and a day at the shops

It’s been a busy week, Monday I was at Glasgow Fort a behemoth of an outdoor shopping centre…sounds like an odd gig for me and I could explain at length, but it comes down to 3 things:    1. The staff are lovely, a couple of the staff are hilarious (customer remark ‘you’re not a…

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