West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

West Moss-side Journal
Workshops 2017 &2018
Written by Kate Sankey   
Friday, 25 August 2017

30th September - 1st October

First for Autumn 2017 is a Rush Chair seating weekend with Susie Bishop.

Still a few places - find out more and  BOOK NOW

 

 
beeskeps and bowls
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Fabulous basketry technique to learn

February 18th and 19th 

beeskeps and fruit bowls with Bryce Reynard

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Looking forward ...
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Find out what is happening at West Moss-side these days?

Willow harvesting

December workshops

January workshops

 

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Forth Valley Art Beat 2016
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 12 May 2016

Forth Valley Art Beat  2016

11th - 19th June

Open every day

10 - 7.00pm except
Mon 13th & Tues 14th 10 - 5.00pm

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Telling your story workshop
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016

20th January StoryTelling Workshop
at West Moss-side

16 local food and drink  businesses from the Stirling Local Food Collective (Grow Forth a project of Forth Environment Link) met together with facilitator Jamie Jauncey. This is the West Moss-side Story:

West Moss-side – a place to meet, learn and grow

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Winter worshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Still a few places on the workshops

Not to be missed! Book now

Introduction to Traditional Willow baskets
with Georgia Crook
6th 7th February

Bee skeps
with Bryce Reynard
20th 21st February

Easter Egg Frame Baskets
with Georgia Crook
26th March

 
Christmas workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

 

STILL a few places Book Now

 
Christmas workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

 

STILL a few places - book now 

 

TWO GREAT CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS

 
FVOS
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 29 June 2015

The dust is still settling following the exhibition Wild for Forth Valley Open Studios. Inspired by the interest in Jill Dow's and Darren Rees' printing works we have invited Elspeth Lamb to run two new printing workshops.  Lino printing and Mokuhanga Japanese block printing.  First up is Lino printing 29th/30th August. Sign up quickly.  Mokuhanga block printing is planned for 2nd/3rd April 2016 

 
vacancies
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Opportunities @ West Moss-side 

We are looking for someone to join us - Part time with lots of skills and opportunities to develop and a flatlet in the farmhouse.  Interested? to find out more - contact Kate Sankey

 

 
Christmas Fun!
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

CHRISTMAS FUN

Saturday  6th Dec -  All sorts from  Scottish birch  with Bryce Reynard

Sunday 7th Dec - Small things from rush and willow with Kate Sankey

A FEW PLACES LEFT ON BOTH DAYS

 
hedgerows in autumn
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Turn those hedgerow colours and textures into baskets and woven vessels! with Georgia Crook on the Creative Basketry workshop weekend 22nd/23rd November 

 

 
october workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS - BOOK NOW

Introduction to Willow Basketry with Georgia Crook

October 4th & 5th

Willow Square - work with Jane Wilkinson

October 18th & 19th

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Paper Kiln workshop
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A special workshop

for a special occasion

Teena Gould, ceramicist led the

very first Paper Kiln workshop

at the weekend.

 


 


 

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Moths on the Moss
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

2014 Annual Moths on the Moss event with Prof David Bryant. 

Not to be missed.   Friday evening 13th June and Sat morning 14th June

Come for one or both sessions - Limited places so book now.

 

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Felt vessels - wow what a day!
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Alison Mountain introducing us to a real experience in colour, shape and structure and all with fleece and great people. Jeanette Sendler and Alison - what a treat. AND they are coming again 24th May 2014

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Forth Valley Open Studios Exhibition
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 17 June 2013

   Forth Valley Open Studios

2014 Journeys June  7th - 15th

what people said  2013 -  " It soothed my soul" ; "just wow!";  "inspirational - we loved it all"

 

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Scotland Outdoors
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Scotland Outdoors is a lovely magazine with fascinating articles, stunning photos and the summer issue 2013 has an article about Trossachs Yurts. 

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Jeanette is back
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

West Moss-side welcomes Jeanette Sendler back - felt and mixed media artist. Two special one day workshops Sun June 23rd and Sat 29th for an extraordinary experience with felt!

 

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Workshops coming up
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Batik on silk and cotton Sat 13th April

Still places for this wonderful day with Libby Yule.

 

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2013 workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Saturday, 29 December 2012

2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland and West Moss-side will be celebrating the wonders of natural materials for making things of beauty. 

Special events in the summer and an exhibition Sphagnum Green to showcase Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.  

 

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Moths on the Moss
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012

History is made - the Brussels Lace moth - first record ever for central Scotland! A moth trapping night produced more than 600 moths of more than 60 species.

Special event at West Moss-side

Moths on the Moss 

A participatory introduction to the art and practicality of Mothing! 3rd August Friday eve 7.00pm - 9.30+ and 4th August Saturday morning  9.00 -11.00

Booking essential ....
 

 

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Going Green
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 09 July 2012

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FVOS
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012

 

Don't  miss the exhibition!

 

 
The Green Roof
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

 

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Spring News
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

 


 

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Christmas at West Moss-side
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

 


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Wild geese and swans
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

West Moss-side welcomes winter visitors from Iceland.


40+ whoopers join sheep in the
wet fields or is it a lake?
What a view!

 

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Two artists exhibition
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Two Artists Exhibition

West Moss-side 

18th-20th November

LIBBY YULE
AND
CATHERINE FROY

 

 

 

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Trossachs Yurts on BBC Alba
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Must watch BBC Alba TV.  - Brush up on your Gaelic for October 13th at 10.00pm!

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Summer calves
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 18 July 2011

Aaaa aren't they gorgeous !

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All things Japanese
Written by Kate Sankey   
Friday, 08 July 2011
All things Japanese:
JAPAN: HIGHLIGHTS OF ACADAMICIANS PRACTICE IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN
30 July – 18 September 2011. RSA Projects & Finlay Room,Edinburgh
Featuring work by Elizabeth Blackadder, Paul Furneaux, Elspeth Lamb, Jake Harvey and others.
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Elspeth Lamb`
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 27 June 2011

Elspeth Lamb works with Japanese Block Printing and is coming to West Moss-side 20th/21st August . The technique creates beautiful images which are truly unusual .

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New artists for Summer courses
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 27 June 2011

I am really excited about welcoming two new artists to West Moss-side this summer. Sara Keith is a textile artist - creating the most exquisite pieces. ...  Did you see her work in the Forth Valley Open Studio exhibition? - Natural Dyeing, Japanese stitching (Sashiko) and amazing electroforming with silver and gold. STILL PLACES : First workshop 6/7th August Natural Dyeing - a must - so book now by contacting West Moss-side.

 

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Forth Valley Open Studios
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 06 June 2011

Forth Valley Open Studios: For the second year West Moss-side and this year 'Art in the Yurt' will be open between 11th June and 19th June 10 - 5.00pm each day and till 7.00 on Sun 12th, Wed 15th and Sat  18th....


Cotton Grass on Flanders Moss.Darren Rees.

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Playing catch-up
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 07 April 2011

Geoff Forrest tutored the garden structure workshop.  We had great fun and produced some very fine peacones and small hurdles. ...

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Workshops workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Saturday, 12 March 2011

Don't miss out!  

 


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Mad March....
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 03 March 2011

Time to look forward to the spring. The pink - footed geese are in the sky and curlew, peewit, raven and owls are all a-courting. The Centre has been a hive of activity - natural paper making, willow square baskets, and a day of Scottish birch craft - and more coming up.

Yoga on a Monday morning and painting on Wednesday mornings... 

 

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Lochside Yoga
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010

 

Lochside Yoga comes to West Moss-side in the New Year

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Winter Wonderland
Written by Kate Sankey   
Sunday, 28 November 2010

 Snow, snow, snow, snow ..

You just have to love it!

 

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Gift Vouchers
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 28 October 2010

How about treating a friend with a West Moss-side Gift Voucher? 

 

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Winter workshops
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 28 October 2010

The West Moss-side Tutors have a fantastic offering this winter. 

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Yoga at West Moss-side
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Winter Yoga Workshop

New Year Yoga Detox and De-stress

 

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Organic Fortnight
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

 

3rd - 17th September is the Soil Association Organic Fortnight.

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New for October
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

TROSSACHS OPEN STUDIOS
artists and makers network

Launch event  1st -3rd October

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Trossachs Yurts update
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

There are delays in getting the new Trossachs Yurts website up and running  - so bear with me - I am adding information about the yurts and how to book etc on this website - you'll see a button on the menu.

 
Latest news
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 23 August 2010

Kate, kye and kayaking in Shetland. Meanwhile the Trossachs yurts progress.

 

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Trossachs Yurt has first guests
Written by Kate Sankey   
Sunday, 01 August 2010

Here is the story of the yurts so far...

The first guests arrive to enjoy ...

 

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Summer News
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Summer News...

The summer sunshine attracted lots and lots and lots of visitors to West Moss-side for the Forth Valley Open Studios week. It was a terrific event.

Meanwhile the work goes on a-pace with completion of the yurts and the new centre facilities almost within sight!

The art and craft workshops and masterclasses programme are filling quickly too...

.. and  the wildlife is doing well with two healthy Barn Owl chicks confirmed and ringed this week and the first calf of the year - Boquhapple Laura



 



 



 

 
Forth Valley Open Studios
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 08 June 2010

West Moss-side opens it's door for Forth Valley Open Studios 12th - 20th June.  West Moss-side is Venue 6 - the full brochure can be found at on the Forth Valley Open Studios website. 

The Centre is full of paintings by Darren Rees and work by West Moss-side tutors. So come and visit!

 Special workshop with Lynn ramsbottom on Thursday 17th - making fantastical felt summer flowers  2.00pm - 4.00pm.


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Volcanic ash, revolution and yurt rafters
Written by Kate Sankey   
Sunday, 25 April 2010

Every body has their tales about the ash cloud, but mine has an additional twist of international politics. It is the story of these beautiful rafters for the Trossachs yurts made by Nurlan in Kyzyl Tuu in Kyrgyzstan heading for West Moss-side.

 
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West Moss-side in Forth Valley Open Studios
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 05 April 2010

West Moss-side is opening the doors for the Forth Valley Open Studios 12th - 20th June.  Downstairs the gallery will display paintings by Darren Rees - large and small. Upstairs in the hayloft  Kate Sankey will be at work twiddling away, and there will be work of the West Moss-side artists and tutors on display and for sale  - willow baskets, rush weaving, felt creations, batik, natural paper and print pieces and more.   There will be West Moss-side homebaking every day and special workshops sessions - Come and  learn how to 'strip the willow' or make funky felt flowers with Lynn Ramsbottom (Thursday 17th 2.00pm - 4.00pm booking required).  The brochure for Forth Valley Open Studios will be widely available early May - check out the website.

 
Trossachs Yurts are coming for the summer
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 05 April 2010

Easter at West Moss-side

It’s all go here at West Moss-side despite the changeable weather! It is now beginning to be possible to imagine how the Trossachs Yurts will look come the summer. 

So what is the new project plan?

 
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Winter wonderland
Written by Kate Sankey   
Thursday, 31 December 2009

The winter is longer and deeper than ever before. The clear skies and very low temperatures have given wonderful landscapes and that very special dry and crunchy snow underfoot.  The hoare frost has grown day by day untill the whole place is exquisitly beautiful...BUT...the cattle need to have water each day and feeding them has been done on skis!! 

Don't forget that there are great workshops coming up in January. Making Irish creels with Geoff Forrest is NOT to be missed - there are still a few places.

 

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Christmas is coming
Written by Kate Sankey   
Sunday, 13 December 2009

Winter is here … but Christmas is around the corner … The Christmas tree has been cut from the bog (a self seeded Lodge Pole Pine in the wrong place!) and is decorated with all sorts of festive things including reindeer, camels and garlands made from West Moss-side soft rush.

I hope your Christmas planning, shopping and making is going well! But just in case you were thinking about an unusually creative gift to give to a friend or someone specially close … why not consider giving a gift voucher for a workshop at West Moss-side. 

 
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RSPB Bird survey 2009 results
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 16 November 2009

It's official!

RSPB Volunteer & Farmer Alliance 2009 records six more bird species at West Moss-side, including RED List species : Cuckoo, House sparrow, Lapwing, Skylark, Song thrush, Spotted flycatcher, Starling, Tree pipit and Yellowhammer . 

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November Snow in the Mountains
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 09 November 2009

Sunday on the Ben Cruachan horseshore.  

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Christmas Voucher
Written by Kate Sankey   
Friday, 06 November 2009

Why not give a little bit of creativity for Christmas this year with a West Moss-side Gift Voucher? Sounds like a brilliant idea to me!

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Preparing for the winter
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Winter is coming to West Moss-side.   

 

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Last of the summer sunshine - creative autumn ahead
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 14 September 2009

News from West Moss-side... Autumn workshops to.. BOOK NOW

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West Moss-side is supporting 999 Eco-Adventure
Written by Kate Sankey   
Friday, 17 July 2009

 

West Moss-side is supporting Eco-Adventure 29th August.

Members of the emergency services will be competing in a day of fun and adventure in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Aberfoyle.

 

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Summer time
Written by Kate Sankey   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009

An exciting time on the farm, in the garden and on Flanders Moss

First calves to arrive: Yes you spotted it - Rhona the black and white cow has a red and white calf and Tara the red and white cow has a black and white calf!  


Rhona and Kerrera


Tara and Kale

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Red Cedar Day
Written by Kate Sankey   
Saturday, 13 June 2009
A Red Cedar Day 
A day spent with Joan Carrigan on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada


I had a fantastic trip to Vancouver in May and spent time on Salt Spring Island.  Joan had visited West Moss-side Centre and ran a weekend masterclass in Cedar Bark Baskets of the NW Pacific in 2007 – beautiful baskets were made from material gathered, prepared and sent over from Canada by her.

Sorry Sam - somebody's thumb got in the way! 

Two years later mine still has pride of place in the Centre – I particularly love the Bear Grass (Silver Grass) which is incorporated into the pattern (more of that below).

The amazing cedar heritage of the NW Pacific First Nations has fascinated me for many years and it was so special to see and work with the material from the tree to the making stage.



 

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Coming up at West Moss-side
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 23 March 2009

SPRING.. SPRING.. BOUNCE.. ACTION.. CREATE.. GET LIVING.. NEW.. SPRING.. SPRING...

STOP PRESS: Still places for Square Willow Work with Jane Wilkinson on the weekend 25th/26th April.  You will be making a very attractive but highly functional  traditional Shopper. Beat the plastic bags in style!

STOP PRESS: Still places for Painting the Spring Landscape with Darren Rees on Saturday 30th May. 

 

 
Calling all new Basket Makers
Written by Kate Sankey   
Monday, 23 March 2009

CALLING ALL NEW BASKET MAKERS

The weekend 21st/22nd March was the first of the Introduction to Traditional Willow Basket Making workshops for 2009. A great time was had by all and another six people are hooked!

Have you been on an Introduction course at West Moss-side or a 'Make a Basket in a Day' course and are you looking for a follow - up course or a refresher?

A new evening programme will be offered in April/May to help beginner basket makers. There will be four evenings - so come to all or as many as you can.

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Bee hive skep making and lots more
Written by Kate Sankey   
Friday, 27 February 2009

21st/22ndFebruary

Martin Buckle at West Moss-side

Beeskep maker, Beekeeper and Honey Judge.

Martin bravely offered to come all the way from Bedfordshire for the weekend. This was to replace the previously arranged workshop at the Scottish Basket Maker’s Circle AGM last November which had to be cancelled following the sad death of beeskep maker Ian Beatty.

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West Moss-side at Dobbies
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Kate Sankey will be at the Dobbies (Stirling) Craft Fayre.  Come and find out about workshops, see the beautiful work of West Moss-side tutors and see a basket in the making!

See the Dobbies website... 

 
Time to herald the coming of Spring
Written by Kate Sankey   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009

SPRING.. SPRING.. BOUNCE.. ACTION.. CREATE.. GET LIVING.. NEW.. SPRING.. SPRING...

There are exciting events, workshops and events coming soon....   Traditional Willow Baskets 21st/22nd March; Build a Yurt 15th March; Random willow bowls and spheres 28th March .. and more

STOP PRESS  places on the Traditional Willow Baskets 21st/22nd March Contact Kate NOW! 

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Christmas News
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 November 2008

Camels, reindeer and all things Christmassy are being created... 

Its the time of year for harvesting willow from the farm. I've just started the long job - viminalis for willow structures and Flanders Red for basketry and then there is my special collection in the garden of different willow varieties.  I brought back some new varieties from Shetland including Faroese willow - I'm curious to see how this one grows here!

Its also the time of year to maintain the numerous wonderful willow dens, domes and tunnels which have been planted in the local primary schools and villages nearby...

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Autumn/Winter Update
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 18 October 2008

The wood burning stove is lit and its time to book yourself on an autumn/winter workshop!

The past few weeks have been very special. West Moss-side was the venue for a wonderful wedding for Alex and Bron - pictures will soon be here for you to see.

We've also had a fantastic day of Batik, a day creating the most stunning Felt Wall Hangings and then there was a great day (and the sun shone!) of Yurt Building.  These courses will return in the New Year for those who were disappointed not to get a place this time.

The courses with a Christmas flavour are filling quickly - sorry the Birch Craft Workshop is already full - but how about one of these?

Felt Jewellery (Nov 1)
Spoon Carving (Nov 2)
Creative Basketry (Nov 22/23)
Willow Sculptures (Nov 29/30)
Gifts & Decorations (Dec 7)
Festive Decorations
(Dec 13)

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New Year - New Beginnings
Written by Kate Sankey   
Sunday, 06 January 2008

Here goes - I'm not really blogging am I? The first of the year!!

West Moss-side has had a really busy holiday season.  My nephew Ed Wade Martins of Moving Sounds was up for Christmas and we talked alot about climate change, peak oil and transition towns. He's been working with schools in Perth and brings his infectuous enthusiasm for making a difference and effecting change in the quality of how people live.

On the 28th December there was an afternoon and evening of yurts, felt and camels. Twenty five friends and families from Thornhill and Kippen came to West Moss-side.  It was a real taster for the Yurt building workshop.  Paul Millard of Red Kite Yurts came with a yurt which was put up in the afternoon and in the evening he showed slides from his recent  trip to Krykistan. There were lots of traveller's tales from Krykistan, Mongolia and China.    We ate typcally - mutton stew with apricots and rice and feasted on nuts and honey brought back from the Caucases and real yogurt - but no fermented mare's milk!  

Then there was the arrival of Rhona from Shetland via Lairg.  Rhona is a beautiful 6 year old black and white Shetland cow who has joined the Boquhapple herd.  She is one of two new cows - the other came a few weeks back called Tara. Tara is a heifer and is red and white.  Both are expecting calves in the next few months. Watch this space!

Another treat over the holiday period was joining the traditional Thornhill walk up a local hill - Ben Gulipen in the Menteith Hills followed by an invitation to all, back at West Moss-side and a Science 'Show' from Ben Craven. Ben had some suprises in store - exploding balloons, and producing flames out of the palm of his hands.  You should visit Ben's website to see what he gets up to.

 So - for the up-coming events at West Moss-side.  Next weekend it's a full house for Catherine Davies' Traditional Basket Weaving weekend workshop.  But there are still places on the Totally Natural Paper Making and Batik workshops.

So for now - all the best for the New Year and hope to see you here at West Moss-side soon. 

 

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Winter has arrived at West Moss-side
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 28 October 2007

The pink-footed geese have settled back for the winter now and the clocks have just changed! So its time for the wood-burning stove in the hayloft workshop and warming soups!  

Autumn calving is finished with Gean (my young heifer) the last to produce.  I have four very beautiful bull-calves – shame they weren’t heifers!  I’m not long  back from 5 days on Shetland – admiring cows and participating in the annual gathering and AGM of the Scottish Basket Maker’s Circle.  A wonderful time!  I studied with Anelma a Finnish rush and birch bark weaver.  I am very proud of my piece which has joined the work in the exhibition area at the Centre.  I also came back with a hen basket – made by one of the other tutors – Ted Kelly from Co. Sligo.  This is made out of oat straw and I’m told that the chickens queue up to lay eggs in them.

Christmas is coming! I think that the workshops pre-Christmas will give you new skills and inspiration for presents and maybe the workshops in the New Year might make great Christmas presents too.  Special GIFT VOUCHERS available – which can be redeemed on any course at any time.

The winter e-newsletter has just gone out - if you would like to receive information about what is happening and what is coming up please let me know by letting me know by clicking here.  You can see the full newsletter here.  

Kate Sankey

 

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