Roses for Rabbie - Every Day is Art Day

Roses for Rabbie - Every Day is Art Day

At the moment we aren’t running Sat-Art-Day at Mount Stuart, so we decided to create an online alternative for you to enjoy at home.

Ice Stained Glass!

Over the last couple of weeks of Roses for Rabbie, we have been thinking about Robert Burns and celebrating his poetry through creative activities. One of our favourite poems by the Ploughman Poet is Up in the Morning Early - a poem often learned by us in primary school, and especially fitting for this time of the year.

This is how some of the lines go:

Up in the morning’s no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw,
I’m sure its winter fairly.

Although it’s not quite so icy on the Isle of Bute today, we thought it might be fun to try some ice sculptures, or to be precise, ice stained glass! This also reminds us of the rainbow stained glass windows that you can see in the Marble Hall at Mount Stuart.

All the instructions are in the film, but just some words of caution: working with ice can make your hands very cold, so make sure to warm up when you are finished. Ice can also be very fragile, so be prepared for bits to fall off or break, and don’t be disappointed if they do. And finally, you’ll need to allow for freezing time - it is probably best to let your creation freeze overnight.

As with our other Every Day is Art Day films, you’ll see that these have been made at home and with materials we have to hand, so please forgive us for any glitches. You could use this as a starting point to let your imagination roam - with ordinary ice cubes, could you build a miniature snow palace? Or could you fuse different ice shapes together to combine colours?

The possibilities are endless, so please share images of your artworks with us online using #everydayisartday and we will share them on our Facebook page too.

Every Day is Poetry Day!

To celebrate Burns’ Night, we’re doing something different today - having a quiz! If you’re having haggis for tea or a Zoom Burns Night with far flung friends, you could have fun testing friends and family. The answers are below, along with a note of each poem they come from, in case you feel like singing or reciting too!

Burns Quiz

  1. What makes a good dinner for the Rustic?
  2. Which animal was described as “the gentleman an’ scholar”?
  3. Which flower is “wee, modest, crimson-tipped”
  4. Who laments that they are “weary, weary, O”
  5. Who “danc’d awa’ wi’th’ Exciseman”
  6. Which creature was “crowlan ferlie”?
  7. Who didn’t take Kate’s advice?
  8. Which animal was a “fellow mortal”?
  9. What can fools and knaves keep?
  10. What shall we tak a cup o’?


  1. Haggis. Address to a Haggis
  2. A dog- Caeser. The Twa Dogs: a Tale
  3. Mountain Daisy. To a Mountain-Daisy
  4. A Slave from Senegal. The Slave’s lament
  5. The Deil. The deil’s awa’ wi’ th’ Exciseman
  6. A louse. To a Louse
  7. Tam O’Shanter. Tam O’Shanter: a Tale
  8. A mouse. To a Mouse
  9. Fools and silk. Knaves and wine. A Man’s a Man for A’ That
  10. Kindness. Auld Lang Syne

From all of us at the Mount Stuart Trust, we wish you a wonderful Burns Night in celebration of the Ploughman Poet!

Happy New Year!

Even if this year hasn’t got off to the best of starts with the pandemic, we’re still trying to be positive and think of things to look forward to.

First on our calendar is Burns Night!

This year, following the success of our virtual Christmas tree, we thought we could try making a Roses for Rabbie collage. This wee film will give one idea of how to make a rose, but you could come up with other ideas too. However you make your rose, please send us a photo of it and we will add it to our Rabbie collage. Let’s see how many we can gather before Burns Night next week!

You could also make your own collage or drawing - what will you create? You could use a particular poem, take a look at the artist Calum Colvin’s collages, or perhaps think about a person or things you love for inspiration. The Scottish Poetry Library is also a wonderful resource where you can find lots of Burns poems which could inspire your artwork.

As with our Every Day is Art Day series before, you’ll see that these wee films are made at home, with materials to hand, so please forgive us for any glitches.

We would love to see your brilliant artworks, so please share them using #everydayisartday and we will share them on our Facebook page too.