Saturday, April 14, 2012

Oh the Burnsiness of it all!

Last week, Rachel and I visited Alloway. This wee town is the birthplace of the Poet Burns. You must allow me to digress and quote one of my favourite exchanges from the Jeeves & Wooster series:
Bertie: The rank is but the penny stamp.
Jeeves: The guinea stamp, sir. The Poet Burns was writing at a time when--"
Bertie: Never mind the Poet Burns, Jeeves.
Jeeves: No, sir.
Bertie: Expunge the Poet Burns from your mind.
Jeeves: I have already done so, sir.
Bertie: What about the Aunt Agatha? She will kick, Jeeves.

Thank you. In any case, Rachel and I certainly did not expunge the Poet Burns from our minds! We recalled many of his songs, and quoted snatches of his poems (well, Rachel did, in any case, for which I was most grateful!).

A lovely fox statue!

These lovely weathercocks were all depicting scenes from "Tam o' Shanter" ( a poem which seems to have some similarities to the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow") 

The devil playing bagpipes, witches and graves! Smashing!

'Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie...'

Only this particular mouse is not so wee!

The new, fancy museum was fabulous in that *all* their information panels were in modern Scots (with some words explained in English below). WHAT a fabulous idea!

Look at this hare! Unfortunately I didn't get all of his huge, fluffy feet in my picture.

A carved scene from "Tam o' Shanter"

This is the image (repeated oft in sculpture and painting) that put me so strongly in mind of "Sleepy Hollow.


  1. Wow! Those weather cocks are amazing! And thsoe carved scenes look incredible. I'm sorry to admit that I don't know much Burns, but I do remember that exchange between Jeeves & Wooster! :-)

  2. Jeeves & Wooster can't be beat!! I love the Tam O'Shanter scenes, but I'm absolutely IN LOVE with the 'Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie...