Address To A Haggis

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, 

great cheiftain o’ the puddin-race!

Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm:

Weel are ye wordy of a grace 

As lang’s my arm.

Robert Burns 1759-1796

Kale - eat up your greens!

Burns writes about everything, from kale, to hares, mice, daisies, lice, pious people and simple people – he saw and wrote it all. Tonight Scotland celebrates the Bard, with pipes, puddin’ and whisky, not to mention champit neeps and tatties!  Alas we have no Haggis, though hubby’s uncle used to make a good one but sadly the recipe probably died with him. If you are part of the Scottish diaspora – enjoy yer Haggis!

Monumental Art

So what’s this got to do with the price of mince? A stone’s throw from Burn’s Cottage in Alloway is the  Maclaurin Art Gallery complete with art garden on a monumental scale!

Sleep in Stone...

Even in winter the sculptures are impressive nestled under the trees, Rozelle house often hosts interesting art shows and we were delighted to stumble upon a Tim Stead exhibition.

I don’t think I’ve ever been actively encouraged to touch or sit upon the exhibits, open drawers and look inside dressers. Everyone visiting automatically drew their hands across the polished wooden tables.

We Will Remember...

We Will Remember (1989)

The woods used in this high backed chair spell out the words “we will remember” – created for the North Sea Oil industries chapel in Aberdeen. The smaller galleries exhibited his objects, part sculpture, part toys with hidden chambers, supplied with torches for thorough examination and staff nearby to help you rebuild if necessary!

native art

Outside nature creates her own sculptures, decaying wood and fresh fungi. Beauty is all around. Some, like Tim Stead are inspired by wood and the living environment to become “Object Makers” and “Seed Sowers”, artists, woodworkers and poets.

“To think of the moment

Has already taken moments

And the moment has passed

Shimmering in perpetual renewal…

… Becomes an image

To remember”

Tim Stead

Taken from With the Grain  published by Birlinn

(Oh, the exhibition just finished and sorry for the quality of the phone pics)