The hot tub, Glasgow style.
How things are done up in The Scottish Highlands
Stramash: A Scottish word meaning, a state of confusion, noise or an uproar (also the name of a Scottish Celtic/Rock/Folk band).
Wellies: (From ‘Wellington boots,’ so named after the Duke of Wellington*) : Very welcome on a day like today.
‘The Wellyboot Song’ by Stramash.
*The first Duke of Wellington instructed his shoemaker, Hoby of St. James’ Street, London, to modify the 18th century Hessian boot. The resulting new boot designed in soft calfskin leather had the trim removed and was cut more closely around the leg. The heels were low cut, stacked around an inch, and the boot stopped at mid-calf. It was hard wearing for battle yet comfortable for the evening. The Iron Duke didn’t know what he’d started-the boot was dubbed the Wellington and the name has stuck ever since. The Duke can be seen wearing the boots, which are tasseled, in an 1815 portrait by James Lonsdale.
That’s a sound I love to wake to…
Chewin the Fat
Watch the complete set here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yoOfHfCQ0w
(Translation: ’Don’t do that,’ …’Why?’…’Just don’t do that.’)
Mehndi, my odd pleasure. This was the last one, a lotus and some abstract florals. I really liked it but didn’t have the time or energy to preserve it. A week later it was gone and I have only this to show for it.
The Pickled Piper
To hear the pipes would be fine but I’ll pass on that snow.
When I lived on Skye, almost daily in the summer I would be asked by tourists, “But what do you do here?” They had this notion that a relatively small place away from the city would be dull, uninteresting and unsophisticated…
Have a look at the latest event at the Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on Skye:
Meena Arts of Skye presents the Bollywood-inspired night of beautiful dancing, rhythmic beats, Indian music and gorgeous colourful costumes. During the interval there will be an opportunity to take part in a short informal Bollywood Dance taster session.
So get out those bright Indian clothes, dress up in Bollywood style if you wish, and feel part of the colourful atmosphere!.
Adult £10, Student £6. Young Person £6, Member £8, Under 10s and Seasons Free
Mehndi. So beautiful and I once had the privilege of attending a mehndi party, watching a bride-to-be have her feet and hands painted. I left the party with a design on my hands, abstract flowers and the ancient paisley pattern in repeat. I did my best to keep my gorgeous design, applying clove oil as a fixative. Inevitably, the henna faded, but the memories did not.
“The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hinduism’s Vedic ritual books. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of “awakening the inner light”.”
(Click here for more information about mehndi from Wikipedia.)