Happy Rabbie Burns Day!

Robert Burns  (AKA Rabbie Burns) is often referred to as Scotland’s favourite son and widely regarded as our national poet. He was born in 1759 on the 25th January ie: today!  To  celebrate the event some of us Scottish folks get together and have lovely soup, if we are lucky, and eat haggis and neaps and tatties (AKA turnip and potatoes). We may then sing some songs by Mr Burns, recite poetry, in particular Tae a Haggis by Mr Burns,  and even get a wee bit drunk. Of all of Robert Burns’ songs and poems my favourite is Tam O’ Shanter. It’s his longest poem, funny and clever and about Tam’s hair-raising horse ride home after a night in the pub. Click here to hear it and to  read more about it  courtesy of the BBC 🙂

My favourite quote from Tam O’ Shanter is …

“But pleasures are like poppies spread,

You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed;

Or like the snow falls in the river,

A moment white—then melts for ever …”

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Poppies by Alex Morley
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Anyone else got any favourite poems or quotes? I’d love to hear them and a Happy Rabbie Burns Day to you 🙂

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