Posted by: scrabblequeen | September 8, 2009

Weekend Update (part 2)

Long post warning! Go get a cuppa…

For the remainder of Saturday afternoon we wandered about the beautiful Alamed County fairgrounds. We shopped a bit, picking out two pairs of kilt hose for DH. Look who met while we shopped.
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jim n knight
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We asked the guy inside that full suit of armour how much it weighed…..80 pounds!! Wow. No wonder the horses had to be the size of Clydesdales.

There was music everywhere, and we caught bits of several acts before heading back to our grandstand seats for the day’s closing ceremonies. An all-time favorite was playing with someone new…
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John Taylor and John Kelly

John Taylor and John Kelly


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The closing ceremonies featured the same two bands as the opening ceremonies in the morning had. Big difference, though: This time both bands played several pieces or sets of music alone, before playing a piece or two together.It was awesome! A big British star, new to us, Isla St Clair, sang a piece as well, and we got see some pretty fancy baton work in the Drum Major competition.

Our lovely day was made complete when Jim and I met my BFF from Jr High through maid-of-honor for dinner in town.

Sunday morning we arrived early for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan, a brief, but very nice service held right on the fairgrounds. Sunday’s highlights included Alistair Frasier and his Fiddlers Jam….
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alistair F
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During said ‘jam’ I enjoyed a special treat of a scone with strawberries and cream
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scone for me
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Over in the Living History meadow, we enjoyed a performance of “The Wedding of Somerled & Ragnhild
an historical re-enactment of a very important joining of two cultures which helped bring peace to parts of the Islands.
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Prnicess Ragnhild and King Olaf

Prnicess Ragnhild and King Olaf


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Bride N Groom

Bride N Groom


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It was fun, fun, fun from the moment we arrived to moment we left. If you have a Highland Games near you, I would strongly encourage you to go check it out!

There was so much more going on than I have included in this post. Heavy athletics, team sports, animal trials and exhibitions, pipe band competitions, and on and on….Something for everyone.
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And, totally out of order, I’d like to end with the sight that greeted us as we arrived Sunday morning.
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welcome
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greeting ladies
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The greeters were very friendly and accomdating, too….Posing with Hubby Dearest. Notice he wore his new kilt hose along with his clan shirt on Sunday.
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jim n greeters

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Responses

  1. Love it!! I’d want to just sit and look at all the tartans. Have I told you the story about me getting lost in Williamsburg, because I sat down in a corner with a book on tartans?

    And did they KNIT the mail back in the day? (Seriously. That looks like a very open stockinette to me.)

    Since you sew, I think next year, you should have a lovely gown to wear!

  2. Love all the kilts and those great costumes. The 4 ladies in those beautiful dresses…
    It would be fun to sport a dress like that once :0)

  3. In *Pleasanton*! How did I miss out on that–I could have gone!! Oh. No…wait…there’s that whole sun factor thing. Well, darn. Let’s see, Grant, Baird, I’ll have to shoot my mom an email to ask her what other clans we’re descended from.

    Glad you got to go. That looks like SO much fun!

  4. That looks like an absolutely fun event! I used to go to renaissance fairs and I loved them.


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