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  1. Our Grounds

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    It looks like flowers blooming with love

    It sounds like a Cuckoo bird on its way to its baby

    It feels like thorny bushes running across my skin

    It tastes like cold air hitting my tongue

    It smells like elderflower letting its smell go wild

  2. Ploughing

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    I can see…..a small cottage in the distance and some freshly cut grass.

    I can hear…..birds chirping in the sky and trees blowing by the wind.

    I can feel… feet sinking in the mud and leaves everywhere.

    I can smell…..smoke from the cottage, pollen from the trees and flowers

  3. Passing of Pushkin Trust Patron and Founder

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    The late Duchess of Abercorn

    We, the Pushkin Trust deeply regret the death of our beloved Patron and Founder, Sacha, Duchess of Abercorn and offer our sympathy to her husband James, Duke of Abercorn and family.

    Sacha will repose at Pushkin House, Baronscourt Estate, so that friends, neighbours and those people whose lives she touched through her visionary work with the Trust might have an opportunity to pay their respects. Pushkin House will be open on Monday 17 December from 12 noon until 3pm and on Tuesday 18 December from 12noon until 7pm. A Memorial Service in thanksgiving for her life will follow at a later date.

    The Chair and Trustees

  4. Ploughing

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    Ground before as flat as a tidy bed

    The plough as dangerous as a poisonous snake

    Ground after as brown as chocolate logs

    Farmer as hard working as a doctor

    Horse as slow as a snail

  5. Opening Ground

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    A girl dug in the ground at 12 o’clock beside her house.

    She placed in the ground the sound of her granny laughing, all her cousins, friends and her family voice.

    She placed in the ground gymnastics, dancing and discos with her friends.

    She placed in the ground the sadness of her granny dying, and when she forgot her teddy in Mayo.

    She placed in the ground the happiness of spending time with her cousins in the sea and the lake.

    She placed in the ground a picture of her family.

    Then a forest grew, beside her house of her wonderful life.

    Every tree of flower would be a memory, happy or sad.

  6. Opening Ground

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    A little house among the big woods is camouflaged by flowers and trees.

    A sunset pathway leading from the forest to a new land.

    Worms dig and wriggle like a freshly silent concertino.

    A fairy house in the middle of a forest hides in moss covered tree stump.

    A white shadow sky with little sparkling stars shimmering in the water.

  7. Wonderland

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    I trip and fly through my adventurous, wondrous imagination:

    The ancient leaning trees towering over the abandoned little cottage,

    The shimmer of light shines onto the glossy river leading into the unknown…

    Sparkling fireflies dart and whizz piercing the darkness of the enchanted forest,

    The toadstools like lollipops dipped into a rainbow,

    Worms dig in and out of the clumpy soil just like fresh concertinas.

    What magical adventures will I have next?

  8. Opening Ground

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    Digging up the crumbling brown soil

    Then settling some daffodils down

    Kicking ball out in the open

    With the Sun blazing down


    Opening up my bedroom door to get ready for School

    Pack my lunch and then on the bus I go


    Now I’m at School learning about Pushkin

    Opening Ground is the theme and that is my poem

  9. Summer Camp Photos

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  10. Pushkin Trust’s 25th Anniversary Dinner

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    The Duchess and Mr. Alexander Kramarenko

    The Duchess and Mr. Alexander Kramarenko

    The Duchess of Abercorn, founder of the Pushkin Trust, welcomed 100 guests including guest of honour Mr. Alexander Kramarenko, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Russia to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to the Pushkin Trust’s 25th Anniversary Dinner. The event for supporters and benefactors was held in Titanic Belfast to celebrate the success of the Northern Ireland-based charity’s work in the field of creative education and learning. Entertainment was provided by a traditional Irish band and Mazaika, a Russian band playing a variety of cultural folk, gypsy and operatic musical pieces.

    The Pushkin Trust was founded in 1987 by the Duchess of Abercorn, a direct descendant of the acclaimed Russian laureate, Alexander Pushkin. It has inspired over 50,000 children, teachers and student teachers through its creative education programmes, including Snow Patrol singer, songwriter and musician, Johnny McDaid. Earlier this year the Pushkin Trust celebrated their silver jubilee year with a musical event, led by Belfast-educated singer Katie Melua, at the Grand Opera House.

    To see more photos from the evening please visit Belfast Telegraph.

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