28th January 22
Our boarders were introduced to some Scottish traditions this week as we celebrated Burns Night, commemorating the birth of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert “Rabbi” Burns.
With a local bagpiper to grab their attention and pipe in the haggis, a selection of Burns’ poems around the tables and an amazing spread of traditional Scottish food, the scene was set. Irfan took a few minutes before the meal to share some of the history of the night, finishing with the Selkirk Grace before we got our tastebuds around Cullen Skink, Stovies, haggis, neeps and tatties (of course!) and cranachan.
To the amusement of the others, we introduced a, fairly, willing group to a rowdy rendition of Auld Lang Syne as our piper’s final tune. Our fun didn’t stop there though; both the Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow Scottish Country Dances were first taught, practiced, and then energetically performed to round of the evening.
Jan Haines, Boarding Houseparent