So, one of the two dinners my mother and I attended with the group was a traditional Highland dinner. It was so neat – we watched the “piping in the haggis” ceremony:
Here’s the haggis (at the time, I’m thinking “YUCK!”):
After the piper left, they served us, what I thought was our main meal. The tour director asked us that day what we wanted for dinner, and I thought when I saw the dish that they brought me the wrong thing. Oh well, I was really tired and groggy and didn’t really care what I ate, so I started on it:
I’m such a dork – I asked my mother what we were eating and she informed me it was the haggis. Did I eat any more, you ask? Here’s the after picture:
I can’t believe how yummy it was! Everyone who went to the dinner the night before had haggis then too, and they all said that the one we had was much better. I don’t really see what the big deal is – it’s just sausage in a sheep’s intestine that was boiled in a sheep’s stomach. Geesh!
Ok, either the day after we had our haggis or the same day, we went on an optional tour to visit the
famous sheep herder, Neil Ross. I think it was one of my favourite parts of the trip. He has won every sheep herding competition nationally, and is still looking for the international title. He also trained the dogs in the movie Babe! Neil and a few of his eighteen border collies met us at the bus when we arrived:
Check out the intensity in this dog’s eyes:
It instantly reminded me of my extremely well trained cat, Abby. See that hard-core intensity in her eyes?:
Errrr, now that I compare the two a little more closely, Abby just looks like a googly little freak. Anyway, I was so excited to see the demonstration:
The little puppy running around was adorable:
He crashed on my mother’s feet at one point:
Then he decided to get up and gnaw on some wool:
A cute, little calf was wandering around during the demonstration too:
It was so amazing – every dog had it’s own unique whistle to respond to:
Neil’s wife, Glynis helped out with the demonstration. She was great – so bubbly and energetic:
Sheep shearing was also demonstrated:
I jumped at the chance when they asked people to come up and help out with the shearing:
It’s so neat how the wool comes out in a perfect sheet (a sheet o’ sheep!):
I asked the sheep afterwards if he felt exposed and vulnerable, but he just flipped me the hoof. I guess he wasn’t in the mood to talk.
After the demonstrations, we were allowed to feed the little sheeplettes, commonly referred to as lambs:
They were so sweet!
I also had the pleasure of holding the puppy!
Glynis wrote the cutest children’s book. I purchased one and both her and Neil signed it:
I asked both Neil and Glynis if I could post their pictures and use their names on my website. They agreed and I gave them both one of my cards with my website address:
I would LOVE to go back to the farm and meet up with the folks (two and four legged) again. It was amazing!
Jan and I headed back to our hotel room that night with big, sheepish smiles on our faces.
We had a really nice view:
Check this out – a trouser press! How exciting is that! We were going to try to press our jeans, but we probably would have done it all wrong and ended up with scorch marks:
Day “whatever” to be continued on the next blog…
Today’s symptoms: My sinus infection is certainly clearing up. My headache was quite a bit better today. I have been having “new” headaches over the last week or so. I’ve also had a fair bit of pressure in my eyes. I have an appointment with my eye doctor tomorrow. My greatest fear is MS causing a problem with my vision, therefore I’m getting things checked out right away.