First, I must apologize. On Saturday (8/11) my husband and I feverishly worked to tag and label etc my 5 entries loaded up to take out to the fair grounds for submission. We were running late and in a hurry (and we are getting old!) and I never took ONE picture! I am soooo sorry! I told a friend and she said “Well, you can take a picture of them with their ribbons then!” That was very sweet of her! The waiting is on.
After dropping off the entries, my husband and I did something we have wanted to do for a long time! We went and spent the day at a Scottish Festival! My husand is filled with Scottish blood – Stewart, Currie (and then some Irish – Murphy). I have a tiny bit of Irish (O’Brien) so I am a lover of all things Celtic! It was, of course, sunny and hot (humid too) but it was held in a park that has rolling hills etc. and looked very much like the lowlands of Scotland.
I could listen to pipe bands all day long – so the opening mass band parade had me in tears.
This is the beginning where the various clans march in before the pipes.
Then the pipes followed.
I will say that many people said that this was the least amount of pipes that have seen at this festival over the 71 years it has been held. What a shame.
After the parade and blessing of the event my husband and I enjoyed the vendors with lots of meat pies, scones, and Scottish beer. Yum! There were sellers of Scottish items – from packaged food to supplies and clothing that the pipers might need. 80% of the men there were in kilts – formally dressed and many of them wearing them as if they were a pair of shorts with a t-shirt. I loved it! Found my mind mulling over the age old question though – “What DO they wear under a kilt?”
My husband was so excited because he finally was able to talk to a woman who will alter his kilt. When he had the kilt made (around 1975) he had the waist of 34. Now, after being happily married to me for 25 years …..ahem…lol His waist is 42. He has been wanting to get it altered for YEARS and I want to tell you — my hubby has GREAT legs! He will look sharp in his kilt.
In honor of him getting his kilt altered I promised him that I would knit him a pair of kilt hose. He has commercially made hose, but I think it would be shameful to have a wife who knits and NOT have a pair of handmade hose! Here is the picture of the pattern that is on Ravelry:
This is my winter project. I am looking forward to the challenge. Better wish me luck! That pattern is on Ravelry it is called: Toirneach Kilt Hose by Aislinn Charlton-Dennis.
There was also a tent FILLED with women playing harps. Another sound that I could sit and listen to for hours.
Music from heaven right?
Again, sorry about no pictures of my entries. Win or not when they are back home I will take photos.
Life should be slowing down and coming back to normal – VBS is over (and was a great success!) and the dog days of summer will be quickly gone and things will shift and change to the long dark days of winter…………… don’t go there yet Kathy!