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Spending Summertime in Scotland

Colourful flower bed near Glasgow University
Colourful flower bed near Glasgow University

From beginning of August, the celtic festival of Lammas, the harvest of grain and first fruits, I took some time off and spent a wonderful time with a dear friend. We were visiting cities, towns and beautiful places in Nature in the Scottish Central Belt. Every day we felt the calling to put the walking boots on to discover new paths, new areas, hills, waterfalls and even a Munro: Ben Lomond. Cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling and the smaller town: Callander were not to be missed.. The first section of the West Highland Way on a rainy day was our first longer walk.  Amazing, how green Scotland can be, especially when it rains a lot, like this Summer.

The Falls of Clyde
The Falls of Clyde

On another brighter morning we went to visit the Falls of Clyde in New Lanark and the World Heritage Site, a restored 18th century cotton mill village, created by Robert Owen and his son-in-law, David Dale.  I was impressed by the size of the carding machinery and the spinning machine, still in use for wool yarn these days. Robert Owen was a social reformer and one of the founders of the cooperative movement. He looked after his workers and their families’ health, well-being and education.  Apart from visiting the site of New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde we saw the astonishing beautiful Camphill Foundation exhibition : World Wide Weave.

World Wide Weave 1
World Wide Weave 1

The 75 wall-hangings in weaving, tapestry and felting technique were created by people with learning disabilities in 61 workshops worldwide in 19 countries: from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, from Finland to Sweden, Vietnam to India, Canada to USA and more.  I could feel joy and happiness radiating from the colourful  textile panels, created by so many individuals with all the diversity in unity.  Walking through the exhibition, I remembered, when I worked as a manager of a weaving workshop in the Camphill Community Lehenhof in South Germany, more than 11 years ago.  Happy memories!  The exhibition is now to be seen in Aberdeen. You can follow the progress of the tour on the website www.camphillfoundation.net

World wide Weave 2
World wide Weave 2
World Wide Weave 3
World Wide Weave 3

Nature requires its own time to mature, all things, whether mineral, plant, animal or mind and spirit.  Robert Owen

On the following day we visited Edinburgh and then: What a great experience, hiking up Ben Lomond (974m)! The weather was fine when we were starting at the banks of Loch Lomond. We had

Ben Lomond
View from the summit to the South, down to Loch Lomond

fantastic views towards the various lochs and of course mainly down to Loch Lomond, as we walked up my first Munro (A Scottish mountain, higher than 3000ft=914,4m).  Towards the summit a strong wind blew and I had to focus on my food steps.  Eventually we made it to the summit and were rewarded

View from the summit towards North-West with Loch Lomond
View from the summit towards North-West with Loch Lomond

with amazing views towards mountains and lochs in all directions.  Ben Lomond is a very exposed mountain and the most southern of the Munros.  More fantastic walks and visits to special places followed and even though this year’s Summer wasn’t one of the best here in Scotland, we were  lucky to catch some sunshine on our walks, especially on a beautiful day on the west coast in Largs and West Kilbride, the last day of our holidays.

Enjoying coffee and cake on a sunny day in Largs
Enjoying coffee and cake on a sunny day in Largs

I feel really happy to have seen and experienced so many beautiful and new places in the area where I feel at home. I had lovely company of my friend Gabriele from Germany and we had lots of fun! Many thanks for a FANTASTIC time!

Here you can find out about upcoming Summer and Autumn felt workshops.

Lush greens and all colours of the rainbow

Bluebells
Bluebells

This year’s Celtic fire festival of Beltane on the 30. April I spent with acquaintances and friends.  After a delicious shared dinner we were sitting in a circle around a table with flowers and candles,  sharing our experiences in nature at this time of the year and sharing traditions and customs of Beltane and May Day from different regions of this planet. The relation to bonfires, fertility and abundance in nature celebrated in tribes and cultures is

Lush beech leaves
Lush beech leaves

obvious.  How much do we enjoy the beauty in Nature after a long Winter! The abundance and variety of plants growing, while the days are slowly getting warmer, with longer daylight; the lush greens in the new leaves and all colours of the rainbow to be found in trees, bushes and flowers. We are amazed about the life force in Nature! How does this effect our activities? We will definitely spend more time outside with the elements. The voiles to the natural realm are thinner now. The aliveness, the energy of expansion and creativity is all around us! This and more was shared in stories, poems and experiences.

Pink clouds in the sky
Pink clouds in the sky

Enjoying a bonfire in the yard later, under a pink clouded sky, was a fantastic end to a heart warming celebration of Beltane.

Bonfire
Bonfire

A couple of days later I went to Pollock Country Park, a large green belt in Glasgow’s South. What a paradise of bluebells!

Bluebells carpet

I spent the afternoon walking through the various beautiful gardens of Pollock House and later through Pollock Country Park.  I felt very nurtured, peaceful and happy from the depth of my heart and enjoyed all the colourful plants.  Of course my felted friends where accompanying me 🙂 This elf on the photo below is my latest addition.  If you’re living in the Scottish central belt, then you’re welcome to join one of my felt workshop and you can learn how to create those nature beings and other magical beings like dragons etc.  Just use the contact form and get in touch and check out here.

Elf in the bluebells
Elf in the bluebells

He’s lighting the path with his lantern.

Elf and gnome in conversation
Elf and gnome in conversation

The elf in conversation with a little red hat gnome

Elf in the bluebells
Little elf in the bluebells, needle felted