Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This was kind of fascinating to watch as grown men swirled and twirled around. I thought it was only my girly girls that liked twirly "Sunday dresses", but I guess it's okay for the guys if they grunt and throw heavy objects while they twirl! :o) Seriously, it's not that easy to do. Sorry for the orange nets...they were up for obvious safety reasons.
After the dog show, we went to see the animals. First was a cow with an Irish name, that I can't remember. They are short-legged and I imagine they must be, like the ponies on the islands, for walking up and down the hills and dales and rocky slopes. J is in stripes, A in yellow.
These are Highland cattle. They were not overly thrilled to be there and I have heard that they can have a bit of an attitude. There is a farm near the church we got married in that has these and in the midst of black and white dairy country, they do turn your head!
There were a few Cheviot sheep in a pen, wishing they weren't!
And I was really surprised to see D petting this little ewe. He's not overly adventuresome with sheep. Do you think this little girl loves being a farm girl or what? She held the lambs up for the other kids to pet.
Then I saw these little sheep! They were so CUTE!
The one on the right came home for me. I think I'll name him "Hershey"!
This little man took his job quite SERIOUSLY! He did a good job too. He was the beginning of the whole parade. We had a hard time photographing the parade because of all the really RUDE people who kept walking in front of the camera and walking in front of the parade participants. I have never seen such rude behavior at a parade and the security people were getting really irritated too as no one was listening to their directions.
And some awesome drummers.
Each clan had members marching. Forbes is one of my families that is a genealogical "brick wall."
Next came the Scottish Terriers. I was disappointed to not see Westies (West Highland Terriers) represented. I saw them all over the place when I was in Scotland.
This cow was a little surly but strutting it's stuff!
Mr. Happy here was another story. He was on a short leash for good reason. I thought for a minute they were going to have to turn around and go back to the pens, but he got around the big crowd and was okay.
Here you can see the short stubby legs on the Irish cow.
After the parade Hubby and I shared a scone and strawberries and a Scottish meat pie. These gentlemen (or are they?!) strolled by while we were eating. The Scottish meat pie was really good. It was a pastry like dough but not sweet and had ground beef and oatmeal inside. It tasted like onion and black pepper for seasoning. Very simple but extremely tasty. I would like to try it in a calzone.
We listened a bit to Wicked Tinkers and they were a fun group. I would love to have gone to the Ceilidh that night but that's one of the things that doesn't happen with kiddos in tow. I LOVE Celtic music, not the new age stuff, but the real stuff and I also love fiddlers, both traditional and new or crosses like Canadian Natalie MacMaster.
What I was really interested in seeing was the sheep herding and so we waited in the grandstand for a half hour.
Apparently there was a family emergency with the shepherd, so we left there for a little shopping. I could have spent a lot of money if I had a lot. There was some gorgeous jewelry and authentic tartan wools. I did buy a silver broach with celtic design and a cat eye shaped light amethyst in the center, which I plan on using with shawls.
Unfortunately we didn't meet up with Ruth or Amy's family, but I did see Margaret, who I met when Amy and her friends came to Babetta's on their yarn crawl and it was so fun to see her. She caught my eye because she was knitting. I wondered what she was doing and when I got closer I thought, "Hey! I know you!" My brain was too tired to think at that point or I would have gotten a picture! Hi Margaret! It was great to see you! :o)
This picture could be for one of those "priceless" commercials. :o) The greatest pleasures in life are almost always simple. Here the kids are playing in the mud at the base of an olive tree while waiting for Mom as she shopped!