I love to celebrate Tartan Week, but this year, it was just too cold
for a picnic.
Nevertheless, I've been outside, walking off the winter pudge
and feeding our peacocks.
They are living on the front porch and roosting on the steep, hipped roof.
We're talking three stories.
But the peafowl are thriving.
I snapped a photo of Flannery and O'Connor while they ate last of the rye bread.
It's difficult to take a proper photo of peafowl--they never stop moving.
And they can gulp whole chunks of bread thisfast!
Nothing Scottish about peafowl, to be sure, but I had to share.
I love Scottish quotes and proverbs,
so I gathered a few.
''Ae spring brought off her master hale,
but left behind her ain grey tail.''
--Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet.
"Always be a little kinder than necessary."
--James Matthew Barrie,
Scottish dramatist and creator of Peter Pan
To peek at last year's Tartan Day picnic,
"The hardest thing in life is knowing
which bridge to cross and which to burn."
--David Russell, Scottish guitarist
“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few,
to be needed and wanted by those we love,
when you get there,
you'll be able to see farther."
--Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian
"Crones wi' wrinkles hae nae pain."
Ye'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond."
--Scottish folk song, "Loch Lomond."
Take the high road.
Happy Tartan Day!