Rural Wisdom started working in the Scottish Borders earlier this year, finding ways to make rural communities work better for everyone that lives there. 

The weather gods were obviously listening this weekend. Saturday afternoon was a beautiful autumnal, although very chilly day here in the Borders for the first of our multigenerational activity sessions.

Glenkinnon, a beautiful woodland on the edge of Yair Forest, was the location for our outdoor session. Four families joined us, the chilly temperatures did keep the older people indoors which was a sensible decision as I don’t think anyone could feel their toes by the end of the session! So not quite multigenerational, more intergenerational this time I suppose!

After introducing ourselves we went off to search for a ‘rainbow of colour’ in the woodland, quite a challenge at this time of the year when yellow, green and browns are the predominant colours.

Our next challenge was to get a fire going, our young people with a little help did an amazing job with the flint and steel and after a little perseverance they had the fire going.    

Whilst we waited on the fire the kids went on the hunt with the wheelbarrow for the leaves so we could take inspiration from the artist Andy Goldsworthy and create our own masterpiece. A few even had a play in the Glenkinnon Burn.

Fire ready, we all made kebabs from different fruits and vegetables, cooked them on the fire along with some toasted pitta bread & flat bread. We washed it down with hot chocolate before toasting some marshmallows over the fire for our sweet treat!

It was a great afternoon, everyone had lots of fun, meeting new people and getting to know each other so much so that before we knew it, it was all hands on deck to get everything packed up and tidied before the sunset!



Watch a video from the day!

We are looking forward to our next session on 23rd November which will be an indoor games afternoon in Caddonfoot village hall where we will be playing a variety of different games including New Age Kurling.

These sessions are funded by The National Lottery as part of our Rural wisdom project. More information about Rural Wisdom can be found here.

For more information about Rural Wisdom in the Borders contact Christine.