Our first stop was 'The Dying of the Sun' at the Bield in Perth. This exhibition has been organised to co-incide with International Felt Day, which this year has the theme of 'Fire'. It was great to see different interpretations of the theme by feltmakers from all around the world. Here's a selection.
Mattie van del Heuvel
This shows part of a collaborative piece with contributions sent from individual felt makers
including my bloggy friend, Ali.
This stone circle with the sun above it must have taken an awful lot of felting!
From Perth we drove to Birnam where we visited an exhibition called 'Felt Excited' which showcased work by the Scottish branch of the International Feltmakers Association.
The venue, the Birnam Institute, is a beautiful building, community owned and largely run by volunteers. It's really quite an incredible achievement, and there's a very impressive programme of events of all sorts going on throughout the year.
The building houses a permanent Beatrix Potter exhibition and the garden outside reflects this theme.
Here's Peter Rabbit and friends.
Close by we came across the narrowest bridge we've ever seen!
We went in search of the famous Birnam Oak - all that remains of the ancient woodland made famous by the witches' prophecy in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Our walk took us alongside the wide River Tay.
Here's the mighty oak.
"Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him."
It has a girth of 7 metres and the first 3 metres inside are hollow.
Close by is this much younger, (approx 300 years old) but even bigger, sycamore.