May 2015

This week it rained, plenty. I’ve been reading about forest kindergartens and feeling inspired by their apparent capacity to sustain woodland magic throughout the day, and their positivity towards all weather conditions, observing their qualities and letting them pass. See this Fife project for an articulate and quite poetic description. And so, I have been trying to be stoic! And to encourage the children’s natural enjoyment of puddles, ripples and tasting the rain (and to quietly ignore their complaints). Below, we made willow swords in the rain, a fun exercise in choreography and trust while the children learn to fight with them, without actually hitting each other.

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The light in the title is How the light gets in at Summerhall until the 22nd. I love Summerhall. I’m happy just to know that places like this exist. How the light gets in shows night turning into day, and day into night; strange sea creatures as yet to be classified or understood; the rings of the tree circling the tree; and a magic forest of neurones that can project on to your hands and arms. The children especially liked Possibility of Another Place, both hearing the story and investigating what made the creatures go and stop, while hiding safely behind the curtain.

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 “1000 metres under the sea, on the black murk of the sea floor, something is discovered. It’s 1986, and this organism is unlike anything the researchers have ever seen. They find 18 of them, floating in the darkness.

They haven’t found anything like them before or since. These creatures don’t fit into any categories we understand. They are animals. But they are asymmetrical, sexless, and entirely new. It takes 28 years before the scientists even tell us they’ve found anything.”

From Possibility of Another Place by Silas Parry

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