There were smiles on a summer’s night as we gathered to share stories at our Open Night on 2nd August. Everyone shared a summer memory, which ranged from observations, explorations and delightful encounters with the natural world. And then we were off on a wave of stories that took us to New Zealand with Carol to learn the origin of the haka, to Japan to meet a marvellous sparrow, to Greece with Jane – having raided her children’s book shelves – to discover the challenges of perceived wisdom, to dance for a little while with 3 green ladies, to dally for a while with Peter where a cow may have eaten a piper and to pause a while with Emma as she recounted her visit to Morocco, where the Hodja came to her aid and finished up putting her on the stage. You never know what store of story you will glean from a circle of friends, that can stand you own good stead on any shore.
Old faces and new came together in a festive spirit, and while we couldn’t steal thunder from Nick and Emily Hennessey’s tented festival in the lakes, or match the breadth and range of the recorded Tales at the Edge, we were put on mind of all the other voices who may have telling at the same time.