I had all kind of plans for a post today but work exploded and the writing thing never happened
Thankfully, there’s my phone, Instagram and lots of great memories.
These particular ones are from the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans last July.
Beautiful North Carolina mountains and amazing skies.
Grandfather Mountain and 50,000 Scots and “wanna-Scots”
Highland dancers warming up
Tossing the sheaf!
Sheepdog trials – herding ducks!
Flags from 80 Clans and 15 Scottish Societies!
“Not the bee upon the blossom,
In the pride o’ sunny noon;
Not the little sporting fairy,
All beneath the simmer moon;
Not the poet, in the moment
Fancy lightens in his e’e,
Kens the pleasure, feels the rapture,
That thy presence gi’es to me.”
― Robert Burns
My contribution to to the lovely Nerd in the Brain’s weekly show-n-tell of happiness all come from our wonderful first day at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina.
It’s both one thing and many things, so I’ll try to narrow it down to three themes – I may cheat and show you more than one picture for each category, if you don’t mind.
Music – lots of gorgeous fiddle and mandolin, spiced with flutes, drums and fabulous harmonies:
Sheepdog Trials (my weakness, I could watch them all day):
The Torchlight Ceremony recognizing all 120 Scottish Clans and Societies in attendance:
And I will bonus you some gratuitous “Men in Kilts.”
Thank you as always, Nerd in the Brain, for letting me share my happies!
We are in picturesque Linville, North Carolina for the 60th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
These are our stories.
My husband is producing the digital media and drone camera footage for the 4-day event, and I was happily able to tag along as his PA (production assistant).
We’ve been to lots of Scottish festivals before in Georgia, but it’s the first time we’ve ever attended these games and they are looking to be a pretty big deal.
I thought I would journal our experience in the blog so I could share the charming and slightly kooky escapades I’m confident will lie ahead.
Did I mention there are three whole days of sheepdog trials?
::highland happy dance::
We are off to film aerials for the torchlight run tonight., so I’ll be back later with more photos.
slàinte Mhath, y’all!