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Multicultural Celebrations

It was a busy night last night as Amanda and Andrea represented the Gardens at two events.

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Amanda was at BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Celebration Dinner. BEMIS helped fund our film screening in October.

The Hidden Gardens' Director Amanda (and partner) at the BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming Dinner
The Hidden Gardens’ Director Amanda (and partner) at the BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Celebration Dinner

Amanda writes “A big thank you to BEMIS for a very enjoyable evening celebrating Multicultural Homecoming on St Andrews Day. Thanks to all the musicians and performers, especially the Scottish traditional musicians, the Hong Loc Lion dancers and Indepen-dance performers, and Glasgow Dholis drummers.

I learned a new recipe too – Edinburgh Fog, very tasty!”

Our administrator is upset that Amanda was not able to bring back Edinburgh Fog for the office
Our administrator is upset that Amanda was not able to bring back Edinburgh Fog for the office

Andrea represented the Gardens at the National Sikh Banquet Celebration Event. The Gardens have worked closely with the neighbouring Gurdwara, most recently in the Gurdwara Gardening project. It was a fantastic night highlighting the works of the Glasgow Gurdwara since it opened last year.

Andrea and partner at the National Sikh Banquet
Andrea (and partner) at the National Sikh Banquet Celebration Event

Andrea says “It was a great evening, and really successful fundraising event for the Glasgow Gurdwara. There was a great variety of food, and it was fun to chat about which foods we liked best. I loved seeing the Guru Granth Sahib choir again after their wonderful performance at our Mandela Celebration in July.”

It looks like both events were a lot of fun. Now back to work, ladies!

Journeys of Faith

Strokkur Geyser
Strokkur Geyser

I recently had the good fortune to visit Iceland for one day, en route to America for a holiday with my partner. It’s a stunningly beautiful landscape.

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I wanted to share some pictures of Iceland (although they don’t really do it justice!!). It’s really worth a visit! In the short period of time we spent there, we saw the most diverse landscape. It is literally living and breathing.

Thingvellir National Park Iceland crop

We had just experienced a close family bereavement and found this wild and unpredictable landscape of Iceland very emotive. It reminded me that the endpoint is not nearly as important as the journey itself, and if one thing in life is constant, for us and for the land, it’s the inescapable notion of change and renewal.

Action shot from a bus tour!
Action shot from a bus tour!

In Reykjavik airport, this poem is inscribed on the wall:

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‘on earth’s part
all days start beautifully
patiently it revolves and revolves
with its trees
and oceans and lakes
deserts and volcanoes
the two of us and the rest of you
and all the animals’

Petur Gunnarsson
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Amanda

Young Film-Makers welcome dancers to the Hidden Gardens

Some of our film-makers taking footage
Carol from Scrumptious Productions and some of our film-makers taking footage

Our Youth Film-Making Project began last week, with our young film-makers greeting 11 dancers from Singapore, on an exchange programme with Scottish Ballet.

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Once introductions were made, everybody split into groups to either take a tour of the Sanctuary Gardens, or make their own delicious shortbread.

Some of our gingko-leaf shortbread - it didn't last long!
Some of our gingko-leaf shortbread – it didn’t last long!

The dancers will be participating in the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival, taking place at Tramway from Thursday 10th July. It’s all shaping up to be a really exciting event!

Amanda

Some delicious chapattis being prepared
Some delicious stuffed parathas being prepared by our talented local volunteers

Fantastic Mr Fox visits the Gardens

Please excuse the grainy shot - it was taken with a mobile phone, not a still from a horror movie
Please excuse the grainy shot – it was taken with a mobile phone, not a still from a horror movie

Fox cub in the meadow –I watched a beautiful young cub in the Gardens yesterday evening, cautiously stepping onto the lawn, then dancing around in the meadow; a gift from the Gardens in the evening time.

He’s been spotted in the Gardens a few times. Let us know if you see him!

Amanda