Day 8 Crannog Centre and Fowlis Wester
A rainy day did not dampen the enthusiasm, we were met by Claire and Kate as we set off for Loch Tay. The Scottish scenery was admired with low lying fog/clouds and sheep that were considered very well fed and very white compared to Australian sheep. ( Scottish sheep are so white because they are washed by the rain so often!)
The Crannog is a fascinating cultural heritage site with a remodeled structure on the water of Loch Tay. Our guide shared his knowledge of the construction of the shelter over the water as well as the crafts and skills the inhabitants were familiar with. Many delegates had a go at the wood turning and other skills which are no longer practiced but are part of the Scottish culture. Of course the shops had to be supported too!
After a hot drink and shortbread biscuit we again boarded the bus for the drive to Fowlis Wester where we would be spending the afternoon exploring crafts and skills that are no longer practiced in schools and settings. As we entered the centre we were welcomed by the sound of bagpipes....Logan had undergone an amazing change out of his handy man outfit and into his smart piper uniform! Ladies and the gentlemen were most impressed with this amazing reception (not sure if it was the man in the uniform that did it) and we were even entertained by a duo - flute and guitar!
The Mindstretchers team including Miriam presented us with delicious soup and sandwiches as well as cakes and coffee for lunch and then it was time to get to work exploring the many activities on offer. Felting, making butter, woodcarving, spoon making, making fires, preparing and cooking leek and potato soup over the fire, making charcoal, exploring slope and gradient, using heather as a resource and making nettle twine were some of the skills we attempted with varying degrees of success! Many commented on the patience and perseverance needed to master these skills.
At the end of the day there was time for reflection before we returned to the Hydro Hotel, tired and smelling of woodsmoke but happy. Thanks again to Claire and team.