Saturday, July 30, 2011

This Norwegian Was Scottish Today

The 65th Anniversary of the
Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering

There was something going on all the time.
 Judging individuals for
Drum and Bagpipe competition.
We heard hundreds bagpipes playing everywhere we went.

Highland Dancing Competition
These girls are doing The Highland Fling.

Scottish Athletic Events
Putting the Stone
 This is an actual rock (stone), similar to a Shot Put
 Scottish Hammer
They swing around & around this maul-like
 hammer, as far as they can.
(top of picture is the hammer) 
 The Sheaf Toss
Using a pitch fork, they fling the sheaf
 (a bundle of straw in burlap),up over the cross bar.
They keep raising the bar.

"Big Daddy" won the Hammer toss.
He's huge!

 The Celtic Kennel
Irish Wolf Hound
 This lady went all out to decorate her dog kennel.
She made it to look like the front door of a Scottish home.

A Taste of Scotland
 Ever had Haggis?

 The famous Scottish Meat Pies.
 No plate needed. The meat is baked into the pastry.
 Oh - so - yummmy!
 So many different kinds of Kilts.
This couple dressed alike.
 This is just a small part of the Clan Tents and Societies.
Each Clan (family) has their own tartan (plaid).
 The clans set up tents to display everything about their heritage.
Did you know that there are over 2,200
 different types of tartans (plaids).

Leaving you with some of the Bagpipe music. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Simple Pleasure-Watering Can

My Summer Simple Pleasure for today is
watering flowers with my new watering can.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have had
rain almost everyday this summer.
Today we had sun!
So, I had to try out my new watering can.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Bozman or Bust!

"Want to go see our new van?", asked Kimmy.

"Sure!", I said.

"It's in Bozman,Montana!", answered Kimmy.

"That's 552 miles, one way!", I said.

Thus, was the start of our long weekend adventure.

Along the way we missed the "Opportunity" exit.
  Didn't take the Tokio exit either.
Drove by Manhattan and Amsterdam.
 Little difficult to read but...
no, we didn't go to the Testicle Festival.

We were going to Bozman, Montana to
pick up a new vehicle !
Cute... but not this one!

A Red, 15 passenger van, nicked named,
Bozman by Lulu.
Mark just calls in Bozo.
Here we are right after Mark signed the papers, driving away.
After a 24 hours driving, the windshield is pretty messy.

 And being in the car that long,
you go a bit stir crazy.
So you take pictures of your daughter, taking picture of you.
 Our second night, on our way back home,
 we stayed with Aunt Linda
 (my sister-in-law, husband Tom's sister)
 Aunt Linda has a cutest studio apartment in Missoula, Montana.

 Yee Haw, Cowboy
 Before we left to go back home,
Aunt Linda took us on a tour of her city.
Look, we all can fit in one car!
We said our good-by's and then headed home.

Lunch break...
 for entertainment I handed over my camera to
4 year old Lulu.

  Kimmy, buy her a camera, she's good!

Scenes from the road trip:
 Windmills in Eastern Washington

 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Cascade Mountains, Washington

So, the next time you head out on a road trip
be sure to take your camera.
You never know where you will find....
 (Google pictures)

Kimmy has a lot more of our adventures
over on her blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More Raspberries...

Tom and I took Bob & Tamar out to celebrate 
their 2nd wedding anniversary.
Tamar said she read my blog (while working out... go Tamar!)
 about our trip to Lynden.
"Why don't you go and pick the Raspberries at
the house?"

 Did she say Raspberries?
I'm so there!!

Raspberry Freezer Jam!!

(Thank you Tamar. You will be getting some jam.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Did you say Raspberry? I'm THERE!

It was raining hard, but we still jumped into the car and headed North.
Raspberries are my favorite!
Anything raspberry and I start doing the happy dance.
"Tom!!! Raspberries!!! Go FASTER!!!"
Lynden Washington is a small Dutch town
with windmills and wooden shoes.
The town is noted for its manicured lawns, flower gardens,
 Dutch architecture, and the abundance of Christian Reformed Churches
We seem to go to every car show in our state.
Actually, today there were some great
looking cars and trucks.
The downtown street was closed off for the
3 on 3 basketball tournament.
Little kids, big kids and even bigger kids played.
This is what I came for!
I was so excited!
Raspberries and ice cream for a $1.00!
(and no limits)
 On our way home, I spotted this Raspberry farm and
just had to show you!
(click on picture of a closer look)

Janette over at Janette's Sage has inspired me to
 "Taking Advantage of the Fun Around Us"
Summer is half way through and I still plan on
taking advantage of the rest of my Summer Vacation,
Rain "' or Shine *
We will go back next year, for sure!
Until then, I'll be dreaming of
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