Leave Nothing But Footsteps, Take Nothing But Memories

Leave Nothing But Footsteps, Take Nothing But Memories

Exploring a sense of place

Back in September, i was working up in Inverness telling stories and leading storymaking workshops in schools across the region. I spent one session with some old friends at the Glachbeg Croft Centre in North Kessock where we talked about the Footsteps project. The group were taken with the idea of people visiting places and valuing places very much as we do today over the centuries. Out of that discussion came two collective pieces of work that, while they aren’t about the peaks, are about that sense of valuing place and that adventures come from how people see and respond to a place and to each other rather than anything hugely shocking taking place.  ”The Expedition” and “Glachbeg” follow. there is an image sequence to go with Glachbeg that will go onto our YouTube site just as soon as I work out how to do it!

The Expedition

Out on the waves, looking for dolphins,

Out on the waves, in a bumpy boat,

Out on the waves, racing along,

Out on the waves, hanging on tight,

Out on the waves.

Giggling girls holding on for dear life,

Navy blue lifejackets, blue and black wetsuits,

Hoping for giraffes, for crocodiles, for penguins, for sharks.

Out on the waves, under the water,

Dolphins and seals are gliding.

Out on the waves, over the water,

Seagulls, herons, cormorants and shags are sailing

Out on the waves where the guillemots spit

Out on the waves where we see no whales,

No seals, no dolphins, no nothing but waves

Back from the waves, back from the water, back to Glachbeg

Singing all the way, back to home and back to bed!

The Wednesday in-It Together Club, Glachbeg Croft Centre, 15th September 2010

ENJOYING GLACHBEG

The day the diggers came,

moving mountains of earth,

Glachbeg grew out of mud and wood

and a sunset glowed over the hills

Cleaning out chickens

Collecting eggs

Feeding excited cows

Hoping for horses but not here, not yet,

And in the autumn, the cows will steal the apples

Lambs in the field, jumping around, both lambs and us

Escaping to Spain

Summer holidays and heat

Relaxing in the sand with jacuzzis  under the stars

Under the sun

A hot sun

A bright sun

A roasting sun, while palm trees wait by a clear blue sea

But Glachbeg brings us back to black sheep and brown sheep and

Lambs still running across the fields

And here is our room

And time with friends

The band is playing – drums, guitar and a strong voice

Joining in, singing, dancing, or watching

The Wednesday In It Together club is best!

Cleaning out chickens

Collecting eggs

Feeding excited cows

Hoping for horses but not here, not yet,

And in the autumn, the cows will steal the apples

The Wednesday In-It-Together Club,

Glachbeg Croft Centre, 15th September 2010

turbulent seas and a sense of some discomfort....

 

Comments

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    Helen Bull January 2nd, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks Gordon.

    Will share this with the In It together Club on Wednesday next week.
    The snow has just cleared from the ground and the hose pipe works at long last- Its been a tough early winter at the Croft. Look forward to meeting up again.
    Helen

 

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