Sunday, 25 January 2009

250 Years Ago.


Today is the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Our National Bard was born in Alloway in Ayrshire Scotland all those years ago. It is a special day in Scotland and many families will have a traditional meal tonight. A Burns Supper as it is called can be a big occasion here, many Burns Societies in Scotland have big Suppers in Hotels and Halls where they will pipe in the Haggis and have readings of Burns works and songs. In homes all over Scotland we will have our own Burns Supper Stuart and I included. The menu will be traditional.....

Haggis

Mashed Neep (Swede/Turnip)

Mashed Tatties. (Potatoes)

And of course a wee dram of Whisky

as a toast,

To the Haggis (The chieftan of the pudding race)

It is a lovely meal not to every bodies taste but it is good.

Stuart and I tried to go for a walk this morning but only managed to get to the news agent for a paper as the pavements we very slippy we had had a slight covering of snow then rain the whole lot had frozen over and left it all very icy. Stuart does not do slippy roads so we just had to come home. It's sunny now but think we are off the notion of a walk, you get settled down and then just can't be bothered. I think that's about it for today so till next time will leave you with some of the Bards words.......................

To A Mouse. By Robert Burns.


Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie,

O, what panic's in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

Wi' bickering brattle!

I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,

Wi' murd'ring pattle!


14 comments:

Kath said...

I used to love Burns Night when I was a barmaid Joan.We always had one of our Scottish regulars along with his troupe to pipe the haggis in.I love Haggis and the Tatties and Turnip Mmmmmm.Those were the days I miss them so much. LOL!!Sorry it was slippy underfoot for you and Stuart.Here it has been quite a decent day today.Have a nice evening.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Jan said...

A very Happy Burns night to you and Stuart ,Joan ,I dont like Haggis Im afraid so we are having roast pork lol ,It would have been my dear late Mothers birthday ,she died 19 years ago and I miss her still ,And Kizzie is two today !,mind how you walk out there on the slippery pavements ..love Jan xx

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Our walk ways are mostly ice covered during our winters. I rarely walk and miss getting some exercise from usually December to Mid March. I've never had Haggis and have wondered what it is.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
'On Ya'-ma

Sybil said...

Evening Joan, Yes I had my burns supper although it was at lunch time !! and very good it was too.
Sorry that the roads were slippy this morning here it has been a so so day dry,sun,cloud,rain,even hail..
Love Sybil x

Yasmin said...

Happy Burns Night to you and Stuart, I'm not a big Haggis fan, but will take the wee dram...lol.

The weather down here has been terrible it's rained all day and is very cold.

Take care

Yasmin
xx

Roaming Retirees said...

There are times, I must confess, I sit in church and think of "To a Louse". It's a brilliant comment on our overinflated egos.
We tried Haggis while in Scotland; I suspect it was prepared especially for the tourists. I love tatties and turnip; we have is every US Thanksgiving.

Indigo said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration. Thanks for writing about it, I had no idea. (Hugs)Indigo

Missie said...

Have a good week coming up!

Hollie said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration! Sorry about your walk. I hope Spring will come early....

Marie said...

I'm sorry I'm late getting on here to wish you a Happy Burns Night, but I do hope you had a lovely time! We had pants weather here yesterday as well... ceptin ours was rain.

Ally Lifewithally said...

Hope you and Stuart had a good Burns Supper ~ the meal sounded great but I think I will pass on the Haggis ~ I tried it when we were in Scotland but did not like it at all :o) ~ Ally x

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

I never realized you celebrated Burns' birthday. Sounds like a great celebration. I always like Burns' work. What is Haggis? I'd probably like it because there's not much I don't like.

Take care with all that ice. xx

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

I never realized you celebrated Burns' birthday. Sounds like a great celebration. I always like Burns' work. What is Haggis? I'd probably like it because there's not much I don't like.

Take care with all that ice. xx

Bunny said...

Joan, I very nearly made cranachan (sp?) for pudding yeterday, there was a recipe in the paper, but I didn't have enough cream!
I like haggis, in spite of having trouble with exploding ones in the past......

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