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Monday, 13 July 2009

Forres Highland Games

On Saturday it was the Highland Games here in Forres....the humans decided to go over for a looksee. Mum took like a hundred videos....and hardly any photos!

We start with some Highland dancing, the Sword Dance was so cool.....hey, is that Marvin?

It sounds really windy in some of these videos, infact it was a gorgeous sunny day (for the first games in years!) and the gentle breeze was barely enough to rouse the flags....

....nevermind the kilts....sorry ladies!

This is the Kintore Pipe Band and they were the pipe band winners of the day.

Next, big blokes chucking heavy stuff around....spinach anyone?

How to toss the Caber....

....and how NOT to!

Tug-o-war...a bit dull!

The highlight of the games was the massed pipe bands, when all the competing bands perform together.

Alfie looking unimpressed....the burger van beckons!

28 sniffy tailwags:

Sue said...

We used to love going to the Scottish games in New York. Didn't much like the food, though. We told everyone that Bentley was a new breed of tall Scotties.

Hamish Westie said...

Alfie has the right idea - focussing on the burger vans! (Did you get any, pal?)
Cheers, H.

Stella said...

Mom says there are Highland Games in North Carolina, probably near the Thundering Herd,and she would love to see them again!

We love the whole works, the dancers, the bagpipe bands, tossing heavy stuff about. Its great fun and we are glad you could take us both along today.


Jake of Florida said...

Our Mom loves the Hghland games and often goes to the annual games in our area. She is a big fan of bag pipe music and would have loved to be there with you!!

Jake and Just Harry

Nibbles Treats said...

How fun and interesting! We're always amazed at what those two-leggers can do!

Very nice.

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

The OP Pack said...

That was so much fun to see. Your Mom has a lot of patience to be able to upload that many videos.

Alfie - adorable as always.

Woo, the OP Pack

Amber and Nala said...

I think the Highland Games would be SO fun!!!


Mason Dixie said...

I am sure Alfie was just worried about me to get into all the events. =) Looked like a lot of fun though. Looking forward to this Saturday, finally back in your paws.

Dot O said...

Really neat, Nicky! I got a taste of Scottish Highland dancing when we vacationed in Nova Scotia in 2004 and loved it. Some day, we will get to Scotland and see that art in person again.

I hope you are well and I hope to chat soon.

Clive said...

We loved the video of the Highland Games and all that dancing. Looks a little bit like the Irish dancing that Big Sis does! I can also do a decent Irish gig - if someone here would ever video it!! Now, that she has realised how to upload her videos - you never know!!

Great that the sun shone for the Games though - it all looked wondeful fun!

Take care
Clive and gang

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That looks like a great deal!

But yes, your face woofed it all!


The Devil Dog said...

Mom and dad went to a highland games here a long time ago. Mom really enjoyed. She doesn't think they had caber tossing though.


Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

WOOOO! It is funny, Mommy says that your highland games look just like ours,She is so surprised that they look the same, but your weather was probably better! (It always rains here on the highland games days)....

I will be there soon my Snoop( for the wedding) and you won't need woolie socks to keep warm you will have me!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Lorenza said...

All those videos are great!
I liked the dancing ones!
Yes, Alfie does not look very impressed!
Kisses and hugs


Hi guys,
Its been such a long time!! The videos really capture the atmosphere of the games. We especially like the one of the massed pipe band but wondered if Alfie minded the sound? Dixie would have freaked out.

Joe Stains said...

Alfie is like, tell that guy to shush and get me something to eat! Thanks for sharing all the videos, they were great.

Cookie and Cinnamon's Mum said...

Looks like a great event! It reminds me of our trip to Scotland more than ten years ago. We went to Edinburgh Military Tattoo then. I love the atmosphere!

Honey the Great Dane said...

OOoh - I love, love, love this post!! Thank you for sharing the videos...it was just as good as being there! Do you remember I went to the Auckland Highland Games last year? Now, I've seen the REAL thing! :-)

Did they sell haggis to eat there? My human LOVES haggis!!!

Honey the Great Dane

MAX said...

Thanks for a lovely post! Our Toffee's Mom often visits the gatherings here in South Africa (yes we have gatherings here!). She also does highland dancing, so when she gets home this weekend, we'll return to your post and watch the videos with keen interest. Thanks again
Take care and tonsaluv
Maxdog &Co in SA

Agatha and Archie said...

HOW MUCH FUN!! Of course now Archie is going up and down the hall with his bag pipes and kilt all day long...Love A+A

Thoughts said...

Sounds like a great day of fun to us!

Benson and Gibson

Eric said...

Great videos D'B's - if you turn the sound of those gas bags down,teehee!! better wag over quick Rosie - see what your intended got up to on his Stag do!

Wiry loves and kissies, Eric xx

chicamom85 said...

Hi I am Sasha from the USA. I love your very cool blog and I thought maybe we could be friends. It looks like you had a very fun day.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Maggie and Mitch said...

The Highland Games look like such fun! Thank you for all of the videos you posted!
We ate the alligator chews you sent us yesterday - FINALLY, and we really enjoyed them! Thank you again!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Team 3 Dawg Flite said...

How cool!! My mom loves watching those Scottish games on TV. I'm out the door right now to buy kilts for Hoppy and Spud. Love, Sally

The Army of Four said...

Woooo! I could listen to that Kintore Pipe Band all DAY! They were great!

Jake of Florida said...

We came back to listen to the videos again - and enjoyed them all over again.

The only sad thing -- Mom's friend who died in May was the one who introduced her to the games -- and she kept thinking how much she would have thrilled to see them in Scotland.

Smooches to my sweet Gabbi!!

Jake and Just Harry

Tee said...


Licks and wags

Tuffy & the Dog WOods Pack