Last year, Landon and I went to Scotland (see those posts: Edinburgh, Rosslyn, Melrose, Trossachs, Stirling, St. Andrews, plus three days in London (1) (2) (3)) and fell in love with it. To say that I am (and have been) in love with the United Kingdom is a bit of an understatement. While I know I can't go to Scotland every year--sadness--I can go to the Scottish Games held here in Charleston each September.
I'm Ulster Scots through my mom's dad's side--we come from the Clan Buchanan near Loch Lomond. I was lucky enough to visit the area when we were in Scotland, and I wonder why my ancestors ever left it!
|I looooove our tartan!|
I'd gone to the Games two years ago for the first time, and it was a great way to get excited about our Scotland 2011 trip. It might not be Scotland exactly, but it does give a fun flavor and taste of the Scottish culture without a seven-hour flight and ten days off of work.
I went with my parents and sister this past weekend: Landon had to work, unfortunately. My dad and I went on a tasting spree, sampling mincemeat pies, sausage rolls and meat pies. All of them got a thumbs up. My mom and sister, who aren't quite as adventurous, went with a traditional fish and chips platter.
|The Celtic Kitchen, where we could get scones, mincemeat pies and all kinds of shortbread.|
My favorite part of the Scottish Games is the Opening Ceremony, where a massed band of bagpipes and drums processes around the upper and lower fields.
|It's almost time!|
|Daddy, Mama and Amber wait for the Opening Ceremony.|
|The Opening Ceremony was slightly delayed due to the Hammer throw going over its time slot.|
|Seriously, it's time to start! Charleston in September is NOT like Scotland in September--it's way warmer!|
|And they're off.|
Amber and I found the Heelan' Hound, a tent that sold items for "the discriminating hound." Apparently, that describes Amber's dog, Scrappy, who got a cute Royal Stewart tartan bandanna.
|the Heelan' Hound tent|
I bought a tam to match my Royal Stewart tartan kilt. Guess what I'm going to be for Halloween? :)
Can't wait for Scottish Games 2013!