Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bothy Ballads of Aberdeenshire

I didn't go about looking for something like this, but a craft blog, led to a Scottish craft blog and then a link in the sidebar to this video. Bill's father's family was from Aberdeenshire and this is some of their music.

There are 4 parts of this little documentary. I never even knew this Bothy ballad music existed. And it seems that the Scots use competition to keep tradition alive, just like with the dancing. Apparently during the contest there is a break during which the cooks see how fast they can feed stovies to 700 people. We didn't know what stovies were either - kind of a shepherds pie on the stove top. We used this recipe to make some for dinner tonight, with Rosemary Biscuits. Home ec, social studies and geography, a bit of family history, and some language with the Scots strewn throughout the video.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Remembering Grand-dad

William MacFarlane Park -- Feb 7, 1930 - Oct 14, 2007

We're missing you Bill.