Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets

Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets

limestone fossils

Derwent Stories at the Altitude Festival

16th Sept 2018

 

First there were rocks. And some lovely stones. And fossils. Chalk and limestone, granite and gabbro. Rocks to hold and think about. Trilobites, goniatites, crinoids and teeth.  We thought these would feed into lovely puppet and word activities inspiring quiet conversation around mineral stories and the arguments of crystals

 

Then it rained

 

there are always mermaids

The Altitude Youth Arts Festival at the Mt Cook Adventure Centre where we were working was a lovely afternoon. There was some excellent music to keep us entertained. Songs from young musicians, dance from another young group, some quiet storytelling from others. There was a cap fire in the woods and bushcraft activities to try. And us making pebble puppets on a field while people sailed, shrieking, down a zip wire overhead

 

Great fun!

 

Our carefully planned activity dissolved a bit in the rain but we made some wonderful puppets all the same. We got people holding rocks. Talking about what they might find in their gardens at home or out on a walk. And they went home with some wonderfully crazy little characters….

a cheerful pebble with his assorted fossil friends

Make your own pebble puppet: instructions will follow shortly

 

DERWENT STORIES

After Derwent Stories events we post a note of where we went and how we found it, encouraging people to go again in their own time…

Visiting Altitude

When: Altitude is a Youth Arts Festival within the bigger Wirksworth fsetvial. aS such it happens once a year – watch for dates for enxt September

Access: activities happen at different sites. My Cook Adventure Centre has parking, easy access for wheelchairs and good toilets. Activities were free. The music was great. On a good day it would have been a lovelt afternoon to sit on the grass with a picnic and nejoy the music, do a bit of making and generally relax. At the Eco Centre next door there was more acoustic music

 

The next Derwent Stories events will be

Autumn Art and Stories on Saturday 22nd Sept at High Peak Junction (follow the link for details).

GIVEN THE POSSIBLY BAD WEATHER THIS WEEKEND, CHECK THE FACEBOOK PAGE

OR THE BLOG ON SATURDAY MORNING FOR A DEFINITE YES OR NO

Mills,  Canals and Creatures at Cromford Mill on November 2nd as part of the Derwent Mills Discovery Days Festival

Derwent Stories events, are open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

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Leaf-wolves and danger-rabbits

Leaf-wolves and Danger-rabbits

Corbar Woods, Buxton

light through the leaves

Corbar Woods are one of the oldest woodlands in Buxton. For Victorian visitors there were walks and elegant arbours, curving bridges and beautiful vistas. All that is gone, but the older heart of the wood remains with some wonderful trees, bluebells in spring and a whole community of the strange and dangerous. There are soul-suckers in these woods. There are leaf-wolves, toothed birds and beech-vampires. There are hunting rabbits and glittering eyes keeping watch, spinning gently under the canopy. But there are beautiful angels too and occasional fairies

So take a walk through Corbar and who knows what will trip you up…..

 

 

With many thanks to all our artists and makers, to visitors and enthusiastic dogs,

and everyone who came and just joined in on Saturday 15th September

A Summer Excitements! event in conjunction with Buxton Civic Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Errwood Autumn event

Errwood Autumn

Sunday 23rd September

Errwood Car Park

Goyt Valley

1 – 4pm

 

 

Summer birds are leaving

Summer lives sinking into winter stillness,

But rosehips are shining,

Delicate toadstools sprout in the leaf litter,

Conkers drop on unguarded heads

And squirrels are busy burying nuts

While jays dig them up again and hide them somewhere else

 

What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us to explore the hills of Errwood in the Goyt Valley

We’ll be at Errwood car park between 1 and 4 pm on Sunday 23rd September. There will be a base there and we might take a stroll to the ruins of the Hall. Or you might explore and come back to us to turn your discoveries into your own  own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..

Contact for more info: fb: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Booking: no booking needed and the event is free

 

This is one of our Summer Excitements! events supported by Southwest Peak Landscape Partnership and the Bingham Trust

 

Getting there:

Errwood Hall Car Park

https://goyt-valley.org.uk/directions/

The road between the reservoirs closes on Sundays through to the end of September. Assuming it will still be closed on 23rd, you will need come in down The Street from the Rainow side. The A54/A523 Cat and Fiddle road past the Derbyshire Bridge car park is one way from Errwood towards Derbyshire bridge. Or cycle in!

Autumn art and stories

Autumn art and stories

Saturday 22nd September

1 – 4pm

High Peak Junction car park

a Derwent Stories event

log benches and delicate toadstools

Summer birds are leaving,

Summer lives sinking into winter stillness,

But Rosehips are shining,

Delicate toadstools sprout in the leaf litter,

Conkers drop on unguarded heads,

And squirrels are busy burying acorns

While jays dig them up again and hide them somewhere else

 

What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us for a wander along the canal to peer into autumn waters, pass the magnificent Leawood Pump House, meet the mystery of the cottage in the woods and explore the woodlands at the edge of autumn.

 

We’ll be at High Peak Junction car park between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday 22nd September. There will be a base there and we will wander off along the canal in a couple of sessions. But there will always be someone on hand to help you explore. You might want to draw the autumn, make your own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..

after acorns, add a toadstool…

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Autumn art and stories

is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

This event is planned and will be delivered with the help of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

 

 

 

Contact for more info:

fb: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

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Summer stories and dangerous rabbits

Summer stories at Carsington Water

 A Derwent Stories event

shape your own stories

secret maps, lines to treasure, stories waiting….

With all our DS events, we are following up the actual event with reports like this – with notes about where we went – so you could go again yourself – and what we did – so you could do it yourself!

 

Follow the Derwent Stories links to see where else we have been and where else we are going to be!

 

hedgehog bristle, witches brush, the teazle starts a story by growing

The water was low, mud and gravel spreading round the edge of the lake. There were brambles in the bushes and young rabbits on the lawns. And in a clearing in a thicket, we uncurled stories. I spoke about giants and trolls, marshmallows and foxes while I heard about Minecraft monsters, and dinosaurs and the adventures of children on scooters. Much better for adventures, it would seem, than bicycles, although none of us could quite work out why….and there were rabbits and more rabbits, rabbits raiding picnics, rabbits on scooters, rabbits escaping in pirate ships across the Water

 

Visiting Carsington

Where is it: just north of Ashbourne in Derbyshire: address: Big Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST. Follow this link for more information

Costs: entry is free, car parking charges apply

Facilities: toilets, café, visitor centre

Access: an extensive network of paved paths: easy access for wheel- and push-chairs

Things to do: bird-watching hides, play ground, just now with the water level low, visitors are making patterns out of the stones that line the floor of the lake and clearly having a great time. It has to be pointed out, however, that there are also warning signs about soft, deep mud on the shores. This is a good site for a quiet visit (it can get very busy). If you are quiet and careful, as well as the birds, there are rabbits to watch, butterflies in summer, frogs in the long wet grass and lots of wildlife generally

Organised events: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have a base here and do a range of activities – The Wildlife Discovery Room

Overall: bring a picnic and have a good day of wildlife watching and exploring

What other people think: tripadvisor reports here

What we did: we were telling stories and making up stories…so here is a suggestion for how you might structure your own stories as you wander

log benches and delicate toadstools

 

what story might start…

Building instant stories

You will need:

  • yourselves!
  • Maybe a piece of card and a pencil to write on
  • or record ideas on a phone
  • or tie finds onto a string
  • …or just wander and talk

 

Just use the moment

after acorns, add a toadstool…

1. i) Instant atmosphere

As you walk, find two adjectives to describe the weather at this time of day, add a phrase to tell us more about the moment, add your character:

One bright, sunny morning when the wind was blowing the golden leaves off the trees, a girl walked down the rough path between the pools….

ii) Stop, listen, touch, smell, look, feel

– write (or speak) phrases that capture the moment – don’t do just a list (birds, sun, cars), write phrases: birds are singing in the trees, the sun is warm on my face, cars are rumbling by just out of sight…these might become a poem, a speech or maybe an opening paragraph

2. Pick up a random object

Try one-sentence stories: tell us something (sensible? scientific?) about the object – describe it eg “This is a yellow and brown leaf that has been growing on this tree all summer and has now died and fallen off” and then make up something strange or special about it (And if you can add some evidence that helps): “This leaf has been used by mice as an umbrella and you can see here where they’ve been very hungry and nibbled a hole in it so the rain got them after all”

could leaves cause a crisis?…

 3. Try two or more objects

as you walk, pick up something every few steps and see if you can join these things together. Treat them as clues to an adventure…”this is moss from the beard of a forest giant…and here is the twig a squirrel used to tickle him….and here is the stone that tripped him up when he was laughing…..will we see the giant when we turn the corner?” Ending with a question allows us to guess what might come next

4. Keep going: three clues will give you a story

Expanding on the earlier activities, you could just pick things up as you go

  • The first thing: is a clue to who is going to be the hero of your story ..this moss is really the beard of a small but ancient man who…
  • The second thing: tells us a bit more about the hero: …who lived in a house with a brown leaf door..
  • The third thing: tells us what is going wrong: …but today,  an avalanche of beech nuts came rolling through the forest…
  • ….now keep going: can you find more things that will help the hero solve the problem – remember in stories the first thing you try almost never succeeds. You can have great fund with the things that went wrong….
  • …but the mud was too sticky
  • …but the badger poo was so smelly that…
  • …but the magpie took one look at it all and flew away laughing….

Sit down and share your stories…..

take time to listen and talk

 

 

Talking Stones!

Talking stones!

Sunday 16th September

12 – 4pm

Mt Cook Adventure Centre

Wirksworth DE4 4LS

Derwent Stories

 at

Altitude Youth Music and Arts Festival

 

a shouting stone

Do you like rocks?

Do you investigate stones and enjoy fossils?

Join us for a different take on some familiar minerals!

We’re going to be making puppets inspired by the rocks and fossils of the Adventure Centre site. There will be stones to handle, fossils to look at and artists to help you turn ideas into puppets. We know that there are stories hidden in rocks, secrets in stones and every fossil has a tale to tell. So, why not join us to help some puppets fossilise, sediment out or just erupt, and add your own wodnerful pebble person to our pile of talking stones and wandering rocks….

a grumpy lump of pumice

Activity is free: just come along and join in

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Talking stones! is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

 

Contact for more info: fb: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

a crowned sedimentary queen

I am the Calcite Queen with a crown of crystal,

I am the Boulder King, round and heavy as granite,

We are The Lava Gang, waiting, ready to run,

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the volcano alarm clock!

 

The Wonderwoods of Buxton

Deep in the Wonderwoods

a glimmer of light among the leaves

What will we find?

What will we see?

Who lives in the wonderwoods?

Saturday 15th September 2018

Corbar Woods, Buxton

1 – 4 pm

flower faeries or leaf goblins, who knows?

there might be squirrels

Join us for an afternoon of making, laughing and inventing adventures in Corbar Woods, one of Buxton’s oldest woods. There, under the spreading branches of the beech trees, we’ll tell terrible tales of the strange and wonderful world of Corbar. By ancient yews we’ll make the mysterious animals and beautiful peoples who might yet be hidden in the woods. As old and well-crunkled oaks watch us, we’ll make shining, glittering wood-eyes so the wood can watch us all the way home….

Drop in between 1 and 4 on Saturday 15th. This is one of a number of activities in Buxton that afternoon so look out for excitements at Lightwood, in Pavilion Gardens and in Grin low Woods at Buxton Country Park as well…

The activity is free, no booking needed

Materials provided

Enter the woods by the Corbar Rd entrance and we will be based somewhere round there

Stone and Water are working with Buxton Civic Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for this event

you never who might be watching