Friday, January 25, 2013

the ploughman poet

Some hae meat and canna eat, 
And some wad eat that want it, 
But we hae meat and we can eat, 
And sae the Lord be thankit. 

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)  poet & lyricist
selkirk grace

january 25th is almost over and i almost missed thinking about rabbie burns  - the bard of scotland.  tonight is burns night,  all over the world people gather together to celebrate the life and legend of scotland's favorite son.  once again i blew it in terms of finding a local burns celebration to attend- maybe next year.

this fall i visited scotland and conducted my own mini burns pilgrimage.

the first night spent in scotland my traveling companions and i had our own burns night of sorts.

although we didn't sing or recite burns ode to a haggis, we did partake of the great chieftain of the pudding race.  below  shows f and i enjoying our share of the haggis we ordered at a lovely little restaurant called the oak tree in balmaha on the banks of loch lomond.

prior to going to scotland, i would have never predicted i would have tried it not to mention actually like it.   every scot i spoke with said they loved it - and you know what they say "when in rome"....or in this case "when in scotland."

the entire time we were in scotland, i was constantly on the look out for burns related sights - which i confess did drive my friends a bit crazy, but they were most gracious and indulged my passion for all things rabbie on more than one occasion.

today's photos show include snaps of a couple sites of interest to burns-a-philes (or whatever is the word for burns aficionados). the top photo i intended to have as this week's wall wednesday post (but i'm still not back into the groove of blogging).  the wall is an artistic rendering of a few of burns poems (including my favorite to a mouse).

the mural can be found in a small garden park across the street from the burns house which is seen in the second photo.  this house was the last home burns lived in and can be found in dumfries, scotland which coincidentally is also the home of his final resting place - both of his final resting places as a matter of fact which can be seen in the last two photos.

the story of robert burns - in under 3 minutes this animated short encapsulates the life and legend of scottish bard robert burns.


California Girl said...

I visited his home in Ayrshire if I'm remembering correctly. It was 1971 & I was backpacking w/ a GF. I was raised by a Scottish lady. Her family still lived in Prestwick & Troon. The cottage I remember had a thatched roof.

Watson said...

Come here next Robbie Burns day mouse.... we do it up big! :-)

tut-tut said...

Glad you were on his trail. Haggis is not something I'd like. Or would I?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cg - i was disappointed we didn't have enough time to make it all the way out to ayrshire, but did walk in his footsteps in endinburgh and dumfries!

daisy - another addition to my bucket list...looks like fun times out there for burns night!

tut - you would like haggis - at least well made haggis, it is subtle and flavorful. i couldn't believe how much i liked it - but i was told that there's lots of blah haggis.