Happy Haggis Eating!

Rena George Cutty Sark, Scotland 2 Comments

It’s Burns Night! Happy haggis eating, whisky sipping and partaking of the delicacies of neeps ‘n’ tatties. It’s that time again for all Scots (and everyone else) to celebrate the birth date of our most famous son, Robert Burns. Haggis has been a national dish in Scotland for hundreds of years, so criticise it at you peril – as I found out in a previous post to celebrate Burns Night, when I put up this great picture of a haggis, …

In Celebration of Robert Burns

Rena George Scotland 6 Comments

It’s Scotland, the date 1759… Picture a freezing cold late January night in wintery Ayrshire, perhaps with snow swirling around the door of the low clay-built cottage above. Candles flicker around the tiny kitchen as Agnes Burnes, in the later stages of childbirth, takes to her bed in the dark recess. It is here that her, and husband William’s, firstborn son, Robert, comes into the world. William is a market gardener, Agnes a dutiful wife. They live simply off the …

A Haggis for Burns Night

Rena George Uncategorized 4 Comments

If you thought that Haggis was just a Scottish mealy pudding, served up with neeps ‘n tatties at  Burns Suppers…well, folks, meet Haggis Scoticus! Here he is in all his hairy glory, and fresh from running wild in the Highland glens. Not too many people have seen the real thing. I’m only letting you into this closely-guarded secret because tonight (January 25th) is Burns Night – and people the world over will be gathering to celebrate the Bard’s 254th birthday. …