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Somnium Solstitiale: Am bàrd mòr a-measg tùrsachan Leòdhais

Shakespeare among island megaliths at the summer solstice


Button the weaver/crofter and spritely Puck
bathed in Hebridean moonlight
hardly slept a comic wink
after A Midsummer Night’s Ceilidh
dreaming eastward from the long island
to the dawn of the longest day
about to cast shadows
amid the standing stones of Callanish

Duncan Ferguson for 20 June MMXVI

Callinish Stones

A little seasonal verse inspired by both the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and thoughts of the midsummer solstice with its traditional association with stone circles.

Picture: Pupils from Kinlochbervie High, Highland, and Whalsay Junior High, Shetland, meet at the Callanish Stones at the start of a Crofting Connections visit to Lewis in 2014

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Crofting in Sutherland
Posted: 29/06/2016

Rogart Primary school has been working with Crofting Connections just for a few terms but has already covered a wide range of topics.  The upper primary pupils have been getting out into their local area which is steeped in crofting tradition.

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Weaving Wool. Weaving Words in Inverness
Posted: 30/11/2015

On Thursday 5th November 140 P6 pupils from the Charleston Academy ASG enjoyed a day learning about the traditions and skills used to produce clothes from wool.

Read full article: Weaving Wool. Weaving Words in Inverness

Crofting Connections is a Scottish Crofting Federation and Soil Association Scotland project.

Phase 2 was launched in January 2013 and will continue until December 2015.