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

 

 

Summer stories at Carsington

Summer stories

Tales of wild creatures and adventurous children!

hero, clay monster and useful twigs

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Carsington Water, Derbyshire

 

There are adventures everywhere and stories waiting to be told, tales waiting to be heard. In the wind whispering through the leaves, in the shadows under the bench, in the sudden splash of something in a pond.

 

Join artist and storyteller Gordon MacLellan for tales of brave hedgehogs and naughty rabbits, fierce mice and reckless beetles. We will tell a tale or two and then create our own, making brand new stories for ourselves out of leaves and weather and whatever we find

 

There will be short sessions through the day, so come along and join in, listen, laugh and create your own tales of excitement, adventure or maybe terror

 

a story collected on a plate

When: Wednesday 29th August

Where: Carsington Water, Ashbourne: DE6 1ST

Times: there will be sessions running 10am – 12noon, 1pm – 3pm: any one session of stories and making things up lasting about 45 minutes – but feel free to drop in and drop out as you will!

The activity is free but there is a fee for car parking

Materials provided

Meeting point: outdoor classroom area

Booking: none needed

 

Like all the Derwent Stories events,  Summer Stories is open to anyone but is planned for and structured around families including children with additional needs

The Derwent Stories project is put together with help from Umbrella, Derwentwise and Derby Parks. Stone and Water is happy to acknowledge grant aid from Foundation Derbyshire  and Derwentwise

 

Contact for more info:

Facebook: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

a drum a rug and a kettle: a recipe for adventures

Words in the woods

Well-wooded Words

The Grinlow Poetry Trail

18th and 19th July 2015

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most of the art doesn't need comment

most of the art doesn’t need comment

Running alongside the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail, we spilled words through the woods, threading poems between crocheted cups, very small peg-doll fairies, giant toadstools, occasional dinosaurs, paintings and people

 

There was something everywhere it seemed, under feet, over heads, ragged crows flying through the trees, a haiku shrubbery

 

We ran this first Poetry Trail separate from the Art and Storytelling Trail as we didn’t know if there would be enough interest in it to make a viable feature. There was. It did. It worked. Maybe next year we’ll knit the art, storytelling and DSCF3214poetry together even more closely. Most visitors didn’t separate one from the other and of course there were poems that were part of the art trail and storytellers who appeared in both….it’s too easy to ramble here so I’ll stop and paste in the Review of the Trail from the Festival Fringe below

 

And when you are feeling wildly inspired by all of this, you might like to get a copy of the Well-wooded words collection of poems. A modest £3.50 (includes P&P) from Stone and Water. Cheques to Stone and Water at 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ. Paypal is possible – drop us an email stoneandwater@btinternet.com and we’ll send you details

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green....

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green….

 

Grinlow Poetry Trail review

Derek1PTrailThe poetry trail was an enormous success. It was well attended with people taking a great interest in the poems as well as the art and the storytelling. It was enhanced greatly by the piano accordion player walking around and other musicians playing in the woods, which at first I heard from a distance. There was also a surprise performance of a choir at 1.30 pm singing four well known songs.

The art and poetry lived happily side by side. In one area there was a row of paintings showing mainly urban scenes each with a corresponding poem on the same subject. There was also a mushroom area with many poems about fairies not far away.

There was a great range of contributors, from people who wrote the occasional poem, to poets with more than a local reputation, through to the immortals like Shakespeare and Virgil.

The subjects included descriptions and feelings provoked by Grinlow Woods, works about the beauty and magic of woodlands, invitations to visit places nearby and poems about tragedies caused by drug-taking. Not all viewed nature as a source of joy. Some dwelt on less pleasant elements related to woodlands and nature such as trees fighting against the elements for survival.

One of my favourite sets of poems was written on large banners which were very eye-catching. The poems are about nature being in a constant state of flux and the poet’s thoughts became absorbed with the process. The poet tries to guess where the raindrops will fly and where they will rebound.

Another of my favourite poems dealt with a human relationship, making analogies with the progression of the seasons.

It all took place in a very beautiful environment with good weather which brought about much social interaction between the viewers.

Roger Horvath

Source: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2015spo.html

 

Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail review can be found here 

 

Summer events at Buxton Museum

Lively times at Buxton Museum

the excitements of Ice Age life: a visit from a wooly rhino!

the excitements of Ice Age life: a visit from a wooly rhino!

While these events aren’t being organised by Stone and Water, artists who lead our events are leading these ones so we thought you might like to join in!

 

All events

Venue:  Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

 Times: 10am – 12noon

Booking: no booking necessary, just turn up and join in – but allow 45 minutes for making things

Costs: free events, just bring yourself and a cheerful grown-up if you are 7 years old or less

 

 Ice Age Life

Wednesday 29th July

Mammoths-10Step back in time with artist and storyteller Gordon from Creeping Toad and make your own model of Peak District life in a colder age. Inspired by mammoths and sabre-tooths, cave lions and reindeer we’ll make pop-up landscapes and the animals and people who lived here 10,000 years ago

 

 

Peg People of the Peaks

Wednesday 12th August

From elegant Victorian ladies to medieval villains, Norman knights to Robin Hood, all sorts of people have visited the Peaks. Artist Sarah Males will help you make your own characters, real or imaginary, nice or nasty, from the history of the Peaks

 

Lost tales of the Peaks

Wednesday 19th August

using photos of local buildings and places that feature in local stories, Gordon the Toad will tell old stories and help us invent new ones. From murder mysteries to wild romances, treasure hunts and terrible ghosts, we’ll spin new stories out of the hills, dales and buildings of the Peaks

what treasures will help us tell our stories

what treasures will help us tell our stories

Well-wooded Words: a walk through the trees

Well-wooded Words

the Grinlow Poetry Trail

 July 18 and 19th 2015

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

 

This weekend Well-wooded Words will be up and out and hanging about in trees and bushes, on benches, on railings, on tongues and in thoughts as part of Buxton Festival Fringe.

On Saturday and Sunday both the Poetry Trail and the Art and Storytelling Trail will run through Grinlow Woods in Buxton Country Park. Both trails are free and various entertainments ar eplanned: storytellers, pets, artists and anyone else we can rally from our creative networks….

We invite to take a wander through the tall trees and mossy stones of the woods and enjoy our poems and the art of the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail

Getting there: Buxton Country Park, is on Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

Staffing the trails: there will be people on the Trails: probably in the Visitor Car Park both afternoons and certainly in the Dome at the top of the trail

Access: the paths through the wood can be a bit rough and steep in places. There are steps. There will be things to see around the Car Park (Project eARTh sculptures and more) and the cafe serves excellent cakeGrinlow 1

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

A Wild Day Out!

Rosehip detail

A Wild Day Out

(& plant swap)

Sunday June 7th

12 noon – 4pm

The Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle Farm

Sheen, Longnor, Buxton, SK17 0PR

www.dovevalleycentre.co.uk

email: walker @ dovevalleycentre.co.uk

a couple of years ago we wove a basket out of  materials we found in the woods and fields

a couple of years ago we wove a basket out of materials we found in the woods and fields

This is an annual event that has grown and changed over the eyars but remains a delightful start to the summer. Beautiful fields to wander over, a wood to walk in, an orchard, a pond and the River Dove here only a couple of miles from its source in the moorlands

Storytelling, action

Telling stories at DVC

Stone and Water have been there from the first events telling stories and adding art activities. This time, we’ll be there with our Leek: once, now and next display and activities. We’ll be making pennants: small flags for fluttering, filled with your own ideas from the history of the Moorlands ( castles? knights? princes? princesses? lions, unicorns and heraldic monsters?), from this edge of summer in the hills or from your hopes for what might come next in your life and adventures

foraging!

foraging!

Old stories, new adventures

Old stories, new adventures

a story growing with scribbles, scrawls and exciting ideas...

a story growing with scribbles, scrawls and exciting ideas…

Saturday 18th october

Leek Library

Join our storyteller to listen to old tales of the Moorlands: of giants and mermaids and magic and monsters! Then create your own stories about life and adventures in Leek

When: 10am – 12 noon

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

Cost: none! a free event. You are welcome to come for the whole time or a bit of it

Younger children (7 and under) need to bring a grown-up with them to scare

who will inhabit the adventures of Leek?

who will inhabit the adventures of Leek?

Thanks: the pictures in this posting are from a Summer Reading Challenge workshop in Derbyshire. Why not have a wander through a mythical maze?

Supported by Staffordshire County Council Library Service

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