Highland Games and Other Random Stuff...

Last weekend I went to those Highland Games here in Clover.  It was a hot, sunny day, perfect for getting out of the house.  My uncle Mack went with me.  Neither of us knew what to expect.  What an interesting thing. Seems there are a whole bunch of people who participate in these old Scottish games. You can read about them here.  Essentially you throw heavy things either high or far.  And you must wear a skirt to do it.  It was actually pretty entertaining.  Sadly my camera was on the wrong setting all morning so my pictures are not in focus.  Boo.  I will post a few anyway just to share.  No recipe today, so if you are bored with this, feel free to close this post right now!  In the photo above you can see an event where you use a pitch fork to throw a really heavy burlap sack over your shoulder over a very high bar.  Called the sheaf toss, the bag is 20 pounds for men, and 10 for women.  The other events are similar, either throwing a heavy ball or weight for distance, or over a bar.  Here are a few photos. 

Don't want to mess with her! 

Don't want to mess with her! 

The best part of the day was the Border Collie herding demonstration. Those are smart dogs.  They herded sheep but also ducks!   I can't get Beau to get off the sofa much less herd ducks over a bridge, through a tunnel and back into their carrier. Amazing.  It was super hot out, and when a dog was finished with her part of the show, the owner would just say "Go get in the water" and the dog would go sit down in a tub of water.  Get a drink and cool off.  Such good doggies.  It was the highlight of the day! 

And lastly as long as I am posting animal photos, our Smoke is a real hunter these days.  Yesterday she caught a mole, ate the head and brought the rest to the back door!  She stretched out in the dirt sleeping, so proud of herself, all afternoon.  Mom and I were busy so we just let it all be, and before dark Smoke had eaten the whole thing….bones, fur and all.  ???? She has such nice canned food and dry food, but I guess nothing beats the hunt! So thats all for today.  I am off to Houston for the weekend.  Reunions with friends, a memorial service for a dear friend who recently died, and a dentist appointment are on the agenda.  See you next week!