Thursday, April 7, 2011

More From Glasgow

My friend Sheila @ Quintessential Magpie (sorry I can't link to her in my post because for some reason Blogger won't let me do that anymore, but you can access Sheila's lovely blog on my sidebar) told me that my Scotland post was appropriate at this time of year because we just recently celebrated 'Tartan Day'. I had never heard of Tartan Day so I looked it up and this is what I found:
On April 4, 2008, President George Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6th National Tartan Day.
President George Bush today signed on April 4th 2008 a Presidential Proclamation making April 6th National Tartan Day! Proclamation signed by the President of the United States: Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life. Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country's most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland's soil.

I also looked up to see if New York City specifically honored Tartan Day and I found that they did celebrate with a parade, bagpipers, and Highland dancers. I so would have loved to have seen that! Next year I will be Scottish for the day and I plan to attend!

Diane and Steve added a few more pictures to their album that I'll share with you:

These next two photos look like the streets of San Francisco! Diane & Steve said they are much steeper than they look in the pictures. I am so out of shape, I don't think I would have made it up these hills!


I love this picture of Will and Diane enjoying their ice cream cones.

And I'm anxious to know if they tried "the best burgers in Scotland"!

So many beautiful churches...

...but Diane said so many of the churches are no longer churches. They have been turned into theaters, restaurants, and bars like the one below. Sad.

I got such a kick out of this:

A children's playground with a pile of rocks, stones, iron, and cement!

I guess Scotland is not a very litigious country!

Jayden would love to be playing there!

(By the way, thank you for all your good wishes for him. His fever is gone, his voice is coming back, but the poor kid keeps running to the bathroom now! I guess the virus has moved on to his intestines.)


  1. Eileen, those photos that Diane sent you are such eye candy to me! Just beautiful! I loved the one with her standing amongst all of those palm or ferns (whatever they were) that was just gorgeous!
    And by gosh I've never heard of national Tartan Day!
    Ya learn something new everyday don't ya?!
    I hope Jayden gets over that bug soon. Katie is better now but hers was upper respiratory.
    Love Ya, Hugs, Di ♥

  2. I am so glad to hear that Jayden is better! What a relief I know you must feel, Eileen.

    I found out a little late about Tartan Day from Sarah, and I quickly put something on my sidebar and on my header. LOL! I couldn't get a post together in time.

    I want to participate next year, too.

    It's sad to me that those churches are no longer in use, but I'm glad to see they didn't tear them down. There is a darling old church in NOLA that has been turned into one of my favorite restaurants: Christian's. Wonderful food.

    It's funny about the rocks, but me thinks that Scottish children must be wee rugged one. Think: Highlands. Think men wearing kilts in the bitter cold! ;-) I was a wee bit rugged as a tyke as my mother often found me on the top of my swingset, walking it like a balance beam. I also climbed to the top point of every tree. If I had gotten hurt on the playground (where I also loved height), I cannot imagine my parents doing anything but spanking ME. LOL!


    Sheila :-)

  3. Oh, and I loved your pictures. Your sister must have had great fun on this trip! XOXOXO

  4. I never thought that churches have later become bars and theaters. So sad. But I guess with fewer people attending church these days that would be the result.

    It does sort of look like San Francisco...have you ever been there? I can't remember if you have been to Ca or not.

  5. What a wonderful tour you have taken us on! Wishing you a wonderful day! Cathy