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Friday, 30 May 2008

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet, spent the last years of his life in and around Dumfries, which is in the South of Scotland.

He worked as a Customs & Excise man, and lived in a house in Burns Street, in Dumfries town. This house is currently in need of funding for general repairs & maintainance. It is a Museum to his memory.

He also had a farm, Ellisland, near Dumfries, which was not successful. Last year I attended a wedding there, which was a beautiful location for such an event.

He is buried in Greyfriar's Churchyard, a stone's throw from his house.

On the corner facing Greyfriars Church a new and lovely statue to Jean Armour, Burns' wife, has been erected.
Auld Lang Syne
There will not be many people in the world, who have not sung "Auld Lang Syne" At New Year, and other celebrations. I wonder how many know that Robert Burns wrote the words to this song?
Correct pronounciation for this is
Auld = al, as in pal
Lang = as it sounds
Syne = sine, as in sine or sign (not Zyne!)

















Robert Burns Check


Burns Tartan

Thursday, 29 May 2008

An Introduction to My Scotland

An Introduction to My Scotland

Scotland has so much to offer both visitors and those who live here.
Most people imagine tartan, whisky, bagpipes and the Loch Ness Monster, when they think of Scotland.

It is, in fact a land of Castles, Mountains, Rivers and Glens, which lend themselves to a variety of pursuits, such as fishing, golfing, sailing, shooting, canoeing, climbing, skiing, cycling.... to name but a few.

The home of Golf is St Andrews, and golf courses abound throughout Scotland.

Most people are not aware of the fact that the bicycle was invented in S Scotland, and again, Scotland has an abundance of facilities for cycling.

With the advent of Budget Airlines, Scotland is a popular, and easy to reach destination.




Scottish National Tartans






Day Tartan

Hunting tartan
&
Dress Tartan

(to see more photos of scotland visit www.edinburgh-scotland.net/photogalleries.htm)

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

My Scotland

An introduction to My Scotland

Scotland has so much to offer both visitors,
and those who live here.

Most people imagine tartan, whisky, bagpipes, and the Loch Ness Monster, when they think of Scotland. But there is much more.

It is a land of Castles, Lochs, Mountains, Rivers & Glens, which lend themselves to a variety of pursuits, such as fishing, sailing, canoeing, shooting, climbing, skiing, to mention only a few.

The Home of Golf is St Andrews, and golf courses abound throughout Scotland.

The bicycle was invented in S Scotland and there are many cycling facilities.

With the advent of the many Budget Airlines, Scotland is a popular and easy place to reach.