We have of course already covered the Burns Supper routine in previous posts, but what of the man himself? From his pictures (and how cool were his clothes?) he cut a dashing figure and was certainly popular with the ladies. The Mirror has helpfully reported some lesser known information about Rabbie, including the fact that the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is his great great great nephew and that his image appeared on a million commemorative Coca Cola bottles in 2009.
And did you know you can even download a free app with 558 of Burns's poems and love songs and a handy glossary of terms to help interpret the Scots dialect? Wonder what the Bard would've made of that?
Burns was a keen observer of the natural world, his To A Mouse being one of our own favourite poems since childhood. And so it was that, in anticipation of Burns Night and equally inspired by the natural forces which had turned our town white overnight, Johnny Frocker set out on a haggis hunting expedition the other day.
Although he didn't come across any mice, or indeed a single haggis, he did manage to shoot a selection of other wildlife (with his camera) ...
... before picking up a ready prepared 'offal creature' from the local butcher's!
Our own chieftain o' the pudding race is presently chilling in the fridge, but since there has been more heavy snowfall overnight, we are gong to have to harness up the huskies to fetch the requisite accompaniments of neeps and tatties, along with some leeks for the soup. Fortunately we are not short in the malt department so will be enjoying a wee dram (or maybe two since it's Friday) a bit later.
Naturally we'll be wearing our best Scots frockery, the warmer the better! And for the haggis-hunting Henrys out there, we have this stylish vintage Drescott shooting jacket in stock.