Gin Berry, Spell Breaker

My mother, she killed me, My father, he ate me, My sister Marlene, Gathered all my bones, Tied them in a silken scarf, Laid them beneath the juniper tree, Tweet, tweet, what a beautiful bird am I. The Grimm brother’s classic ‘The Juniper Tree’ http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm047.html is a story that makes even the least sentimental of…

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Story mending and Mermaids

Mending and Mermaids Amanda Edmiston Botanica fabula: Posted on 26 November 2015 21:04 The River Clyde…doesn’t immediately conjure up images of mermaids. But, according to fragments of lore, it was once home to merfolk, are at least there’s a scale or two of evidence of at least one. But it seems to be very hard…

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St Andrew’s Day

St Andrews Day Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 30 November 2015 20:50 It started with me imagining it was stir up Sunday…it wasn’t, I was a week late, not the last Sunday of November but the last Sunday before advent…I was a week late…I’d also not soaked the fruit long enough. I dug out…

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Revisting the Elder Grove

weekly blog about what inspires me to storytell and environmental play Source: Revisting the Elder Grove

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‘A Sylvan Yule’ A magical blend of live music, original and traditional tales, folklore and festive sparkle Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 17 December 2015 15:53 Just before I explore the tree stories, land legends and folklore that inspired it… I’m going to shamelessly plug next weeks lovely new session! Join us at 4pm…

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Giving in to your kilty pleasures?

This is the view if you stand in my garden and look in one direction A messy upcycled child planted collection of favorite herbs, old slates telling stories behind the plants created by my daughter, scraps of folklore and ancient myths chalked onto stones amidst native Scottish plants. Face the other direction and the view looks…

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Rosemary, Aberdeen, Living Voices and Meaningful Activities Networks.

Rosemary’s been coming up a lot for me lately, I’ve been researching it along with some other plants for a piece I’ve been writing which combines herbal folklore, traces of lost Scottish legends, and a bit of history of medicine and health care in the highlands, which may be going out to New- York for…

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Love stories!

Valentines Day: Heather legends, Storytelling talks and sessions with adults…a great evening with Amicale I’ve been starting to concentrate on my plant stories again, officially I’m still on maternity leave following the birth of my second lovely bundle of gorgeousness last summer. Spending my days exploring new places with the new baba…being intrigued by trysting…

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A Mouse’s tale

BURNS UNBOUND! When I first got the call from Nicki Bray, the charming and dynamic learning officer at The National Museum of Rural Life at Wester Kittochside http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-rural-life/ , a short drive from Glasgow, I was very excited. Storytelling at fantastic spots that you personally love and enjoy visiting is one of my favourite perks…

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