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Soggy kilts are not a good look

August 26, 2011



The good news is that I seem to have regained the power of photography. Well, of uploading photos, at least. Thank goodness: the thought of having to rely exclusively on my literary prowess is pretty terrifying.

The bad news is, my photos are still of rainy days. Here are our fields and hills this morning, swathed becomingly in cloud in the middle of a thunderstorm. (I’ve had to lighten the picture a little, as it was so gloomy and dark out there that most of the foreground looked almost black.) I am praying for a break in the weather. Tomorrow is our annual Highland Games. We have always said, ‘It never rains for the Highland Games’ because it has been true for years; but I fear that this year might prove us wrong. The forecast is not looking promising.

As hereditary Chieftain, my husband will be leading the pipe band through the town to the games field to open the competition. The pipers, the Chieftain, the Chieftain’s little boys and many of the competitors will be wearing their heavy woollen kilts, which are no fun to wear if they get waterlogged. The thick folds of sodden wool slap against your thighs as you walk, and the hem of a wet kilt cuts into the back of your legs like knives. Bagpipes, drums and tweed jackets don’t much like the rain either. So here’s hoping that this wet summer might give us a wee break tomorrow afternoon…

(Oh, and I’m sorry if you were hoping for a photo of Scotsmen in soggy kilts. Is that the Scottish version of the wet t-shirt shot, do you think?! I’ll see if I can get a good photo or two tomorrow – but preferably of dry ones.)


For a personal report on last year’s Games, see Wi’ a hundred pipers an a’, an a’.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 5:49 pm

    surely your cloud well must be running dry by now??
    that is some lush green there, though!
    good luck for the day of.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 26, 2011 7:16 pm

      Yeah, you’d think! But the greens are wonderful, I grant you. Thanks for the wishes.

  2. August 26, 2011 6:29 pm

    Ah yes – a famiiar sight. We might be able to count the number of sunny days this summer on more than one hand, but I doubt that! We slogged through most days to be greeted by a striking sunset and hope for the morrow, and greeted dawn with more rain. Today is more or less sunny after overnight rain and now we are in the run-up to a massively large hurricane tracking up the eastern seaboard of the United States. Advised to at least expect wind and torrential rain. What else is new?
    I hope your annual highland games are sunny – doesn’t bear thinking about if not.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 26, 2011 7:17 pm

      As I write this there is a mellow golden sunset, all ‘butter wouldn’t melt’. So I do sympathise. Hope that hurricane has blown itself out before it gets as far as you!

  3. Toffeeapple permalink
    August 26, 2011 6:58 pm

    I shall keep fingers crossed for a dry day tomorrow, the thought of a wet kilt is too much and as for the bagpipes…

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 26, 2011 7:18 pm

      Mmm, wet pipes, not a happy sound. 😉

  4. hmunro permalink
    August 26, 2011 7:00 pm

    You’ve always had the power of photography, DB — but it’s nice to be able to *see* your photos again, gloomy though they may be. I will keep my fingers crossed that the lads will be able to forgo the torture that is wearing a wet kilt. (But if not, your adoring public demands photos. Grin.)

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 26, 2011 7:19 pm

      So you *do* want the ‘wet t-shirt shot’ of Scotsmen in soggy kilts? Shameless hussy that you are! 😉

  5. August 26, 2011 7:52 pm

    Hoping that the “sunny intervals” forecast for us here are replicated in the Beastie-glens. I knew that the sight of skirling kilts en masse struck fear into the hearts of most others, but was unaware that the fierce grimaces might be related to physical pain as the backs-of-the-knees were whipped and sliced. Sun-warmed knees are more preferable.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 29, 2011 2:55 pm

      Definitely! Thanks for the good wishes.

  6. August 28, 2011 10:51 am

    I hope it did keep dry for you. It faired up here in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon. I was in town with my daughter (looking for the definitive, investment pair of long leather boots for her), and I looked across the Forth to the Kingdom of Fife and sent hopeful thoughts northwards about your Games.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 29, 2011 2:57 pm

      Thank you for that – I think it worked! Hope you found those investment boots. I’m on the lookout for some myself.

  7. August 28, 2011 9:00 pm

    Look forward to the photos–dry or wet!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 29, 2011 2:57 pm

      Thanks – I’m working on it!


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