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Saturday, August 20, 2011


Due to a combination of holidays and sunny weather, the last Storyscape Session was unfortunately very quiet - the library had been very quiet all day too.

Some children came to make Gingerbread men at my house to compliment the telling of the Gingerbread Man story. These were readily received! Did I tell you that the biscuits were sculpted by hand because my two gingerbread cutters had disappeared? I could almost hear their teasing voices say: "you can't catch me, we're the gingerbread men!"

I just wanted to thank all the people who came on the journey with Annaruth and I; to the group of volunteers and to the staff at Penicuik Library who supported and enabled us to deliver our vision to create a welcoming, nurturing and fun space for children; to the volunteers who gave their time and talents in setting up and putting away; to those who faithfully babysat every week, operated open-houses, adapted and re-told stories, learnt music and who created felted creations to illustrate specific stories. How could it have been achieved without you?

Through Storyscape Sessions we were able to reach a good cross-section of children and adults in society and offer a safe form of escapism, whilst building realtionships and operating a community-nurturing spirit where we were aware of the needs of others.

For me, the best bit had to be the transition - when the children started to become comfortable within themselves, telling stories alongside their peers. When they were gently coaxed, it was delightful to hear their imaginative minds running loose and coming together to create entire story lines.

Look out for our special gathering, as we come together during Penicuik's September festival.  We welcome you and look forward to seeing you then.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Last Saturday, this week past and tomorrow in townhall

Last Saturday the few folks around managed to get some work as well as some catching up time done: shark for the festival sessions by Sarah with the customary precision of scientific proportions,  and 2 dinos by Andrew with just a little help from mum!

a brachio in process and what's the long one called again?
Shark tumbling in background and flying high here
In middle of week, in the at home sessions, there were more sea creatures being born - can you spot them here in this collage?:
under Tina's and Ramona's hands...

Tomorrow in town hall we will have a slighter shortened session, from 11.30m - 1pm, as at 1.30pm 60 odd French Twinning visitors will descend upon the hall.

Trish said she'll hopefully can manage tomorrow as she is keen to try out how to wetfelt Alpaca so that it could become a soft scarf.  So we'll do some experimenting on that and a swatch tomorrow then.
from peacefullheart alpaca website
Looking round online for samples of Alpaca felt scarves, there doesn't seem that much about, especially not in plain natural colour, but the principle of the texture possible seems to come out in the pic above.

Talking about picture, we have started a new Album of our autumn term so to speak, starting with August as we feel the wet again...