A wonderful return visit to Abbotsford in the Scottish borders the home and creation of Walter Scott the Scottish poet, novelist, collector and a whole lot more, for this workshop led by poet Dorothy Alexander.
The Scott's Treasures project shares Scott's wonderful collection as a stimulant to creative response. My first participation today and I even got to write a ballad - yes, the ballad form I love - which I may or may not develop; my "object" itself must remain a secret.
More to follow on this as things develop.
In the meantime, this is a picture of Maida, Scott's Scottish deerhound, as sculpted by John Smith - builder and sometimes architect of Abbotsford - who even worked on Christmas Day to complete it. Smith found Maida - who was so used to painters that he used to slope off on their arrival - very wriggly; and had more success with his monumental red sandstone William Wallace further down the Tweed near Dryburgh Abbey where Scott is buried. Maida is buried beneath the statue.
You can find out more about the project here http://cabn.info/events-talks/scotts-treasures-poetry-workshops-at-abbotsford.html.