Men in Skirts

September 25th, 2010


Wee GillisI’m back to blogging about children’s books but I can’t quite let go of Scotland yet … so I found a Caldecott Honor Book from 1938 with a Scottish theme from those wonderful guys who brought you Ferdinand, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. I do remember checking this out from the library when I was a child. Here’s a quote from a New York Times review: “The pictures of the Lowland farms and the craggy Highlands of Scotland have sufficient beauty to make anyone who comes from that lovely country homesick for its hills and heather. ”

Wee Gillis has it all: the Highlands, the Lowlands, kilts and bagpipes. You do see the occasional man in a kilt on the street in Scotland and certainly for formal events. I love all the accessories that go with it … and guys, you do get to wear a man-bag (a sporran) with your kilt. I saw plenty of kilts and heard plenty of bagpipes on our recent trip especially at the extravagant military tattoo at Edinburgh Castle (75th anniversary).

I took a lot more video than photos (and of course I lost the light) so my stills aren’t very good. I loved singing Auld Lang Syne and God Save the Queen with the crowd … the massed Highland dancers … and the bands from other countries – the dramatic Jordanians, some on horseback … the crowd-pleasing antics of the New Zealanders… the Citadel band from the U.S…. the Polish band with alpen horns (Ricola, anyone?). And the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle.


small tattoo











small dancers

En route to Spean Bridge view from train






The dramatic beauty of the heather on the Rannoch moors, taken from the train.

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