Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!



As we prepare to ring in 2012, I thought it would be appropriate to have an old-fashioned Hogmanay celebration, as they might have celebrated it on Fraser's Ridge two hundred years ago.



This picture shows a cabin built around 1820 near Grandfather Mountain, NC (very close to where Fraser's Ridge is supposed to be located).  I think this might look something like Bree and Roger's cabin, perhaps?
A firstfoot was to bring gifts to the house: an egg, a faggot of wood, a bit of salt--and a bit of whisky, thus insuring that the household would not lack for the necessities during the coming year.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 35 ("Hogmanay"). Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I can't participate in a first-footing myself, even if I lived in Scotland (redheads being considered extremely bad luck on such an occasion), but I'd like to share these small tokens with you anyway.





 

 

Finally, here's a video I found last year with wonderful pictures of Scotland. Enjoy!



Happy New Year, and best wishes to all of you in 2012!

9 comments:

Lara said...

Lovely! Thank you, Karen and have an amazing 2012 (trip to Scotland should ensure a fabulous year)!

Julia said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for posting these images - and have a very happy and healthy New Year!

Mary said...

Happy Hogmanay to you too! I hope you have a great trip later in the year! Thank you for all of your time, postings, czarinaing, and links. My life is much fuller with you and other Lally types in the world. <3

Outlander Kitchen said...

So funny - we chose the same Hogmanay quote! I just went with the whisky in the end though...lol -- Happy New Year. theresa

Karen Henry said...

Theresa - great minds think alike! :-)

Happy New Year, everybody!

Karen

Nenya said...

Happy New Year, Karen. :)

Catherine MacGregor said...

Bliadhna mhath ur, Karen!
Cathy

Georgie said...

Beautiful! Thanks, Karen!

Deniz Bevan said...

Happy new year Karen!
Love the images you've chosen. I'll take the wee dram...
(Word verification: bollybin. Wonder if that's a real word?)