|My Husband in his Kilted Glory|
So this weekend, we got out of the house and headed to Ventura, California for the Seaside Highland Games. We love going to Scottish Festivals and Highland games as it gives the kids to experience a bit of their Scottish heritage and for Charles to connect with other members of the Clan in the area.
Unfortunately, we got a much later start than we had wanted in
The other draw for any Highland games is the bagpipes. Garrett LOVES bagpipes so this is always the highlight for him. Some say the pipes sound like a dying cat but we enjoy listening to them, especially when there's so many of them playing at the same time. As Garrett has learned, pipes are hard to play as he's been trying to learn on his chanter.
As for Ashleigh, she enjoys the animals. This years games had come goats and a few Highland Cows for kids to feed and touch. Ashleigh enjoyed getting to pet the cows although she was a bit intimidated by the huge horns. However, they were really gentle giants and wanted nothing more than to be pet and fed biscuits. We did discover that they are really slobbery too as they drooled all over her while trying to feed them hay and biscuits.. LOL
|Feeding Cows - With her Campbell tartan bow mom made|
Another big draw of the games is to visit the Clan Tents.. There was a good showing this year for the games and the clan tents took up the entire street. It's much fun to look at all the various tartans and presentations each Clan puts on display.
|Just a few of the various Clan tents|
Of course, for us, this meant a visit to the Clan Campbell tent where all the kids were given the opportunity to hold a Scottish Claymore sword, get a bottle of water and relax for a few minutes while Dad was given a dram of a nice 18 year old single malt Scotch. As a member of Clan Campbell, this tent is used as a hospitality "suite" for members of the clan to come relax, visit with other members of the Clan and to find out what events are coming up that the Clan Society will be in
There is so much to see and do at the games beyond just the Clans and the throwing though. There's a bit of something for everyone. There are also live bands playing celtic music, harp playing competitions, Highland dancing competitions and of course, the bagpipe competitions. We also got to see some really nice British cars on display.
Finally, at any Scottish event, there are always tons of vendors.. They sell everything and anything Scottish (and some things that aren't.. lol).. There are always plenty of kilts, kilt hose, items made with various tartans, jewelry, British foods, music, Tshirts, and various other accessories. Charles ended up buying a new pair of kilt hose, some flashes (the lil "flags" that are hanging out of the sides of the hose), and a Sgian Dubh (pronounced Skeen- doo). This is a small knife that is often found hanging out of the hose of someone wearing a kilt.
We had so much fun, although we were really sad we didn't get there as early as we had hoped. These particular event was really well put together and I think next year we will try to attend both days in order to see as much of the competitions as possible.. Maybe by then, Garrett will have his own kilt to wear ;)