I won't list the bullet points, but just note that we did make time for writerly pursuits during our trip.
To reward our full day of forsaking a shopping excursion, we were treated to some of the works of Scotland's own poet, Robert Burns.
At dinner, we were served a traditional Robert Burns dinner, complete with tatties, neeps and haggis. "Ode to a Haggis" by Robert Burns was read over the haggis before it was shared, and we recited the Selkirk grace, which is attributed to dear Rabbie.
Some hae meat and cannae eat
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
After dinner, we were surprised by a visit from the bard, himself!
Much singing and hilarity ensued. It was a truly memorable evening! In the above photo, it seems Mr. Burns asked for some clarification on a scene in one of Grace Burrowes' books. As he appears to have fathered thirteen children at last count, one can only wonder what puzzled him.
If you'd like to learn more about our host, Jim Malcolm who portrayed Rabbie so well, you can visit his website: http://www.jimmalcolm.com/
He's an outstanding Scottish folksinger and songwriter who kept us entertained throughout the tour.
From Scottish ballads and love songs to jaunty tongue-in-cheek tunes, we were never at a loss for music. You definitely need to add his CDs to your library!! Also check out his DVD, Jim Malcolm's Bard Hair Day, Robert Burns Returns.