What's for Breakfast?
Steve normally makes our daily breakfast. He's a farm kid and grew up with the big breakfast with eggs and bacon and toast and juice and coffee. I'm the suburban girl who would have anything my mother found convenient to feed us in the morning. Sometimes that was a piece of cake or pie (after all, what's the difference between those choices and coffee cake or a donut) or eggs and toast, or toast with peanut butter spread upon it. To be honest, I prefer Steve's version. He's a great cook, and my blood sugar is better because of his cooking.
On our first visit to Scotland, I told Steve I thought the cooks were trying to "honor" us with American food. We gazed upon scrambeled eggs, cooked tomatos, baked beans and more. But with the passing of each day of our trip, it beame apparant to our ignorant selves that this was a routine breakfast in Scotland, at least at restaurants. That does beg the question: what is a typical Scottish breakfast?
Fodor's the travel group has a nice blog that has identified a list of foods that you will typically find for breakfast. One guest listed the following: "Almost always eggs x 2, bacon rashers x 2, sausages x 2, cold and/or hot cereal, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, fresh or canned fruit, toast, tea, coffee, juice --
and sometimes kippers, blood pudding, and yogurt."
Is there some place in Scotland with MacFarlane history where you can eat a breakfast? Yes! The Slanj at Loch Lomond, is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a brunch. You can read more on their facebook page. Clan MacFarlane Worldwide has had the pleasure of holding the Annual Members' Meeting at the Slanj. The Slanj website offers more information and great photos. And, the Slanj is the old Ballyhennan Church so if you venture there, be sure to step around to the back to see the 12th century cemetery with MacFarlane headstones. The Slanj is located on MacFarlane lands, so well worth the trip!
But what about Scottish oatmeal or porridge? Let's talk about that tomorrow...
How's the Weather?
I sit here on our farm in Kansas, with the wind blowing - again, and the snow falling - again, and wonder what the weather is like in Scotland? After all, we hear it isn't so pleasant. But after a very long winter in Kansas, I wonder if it is any better in Scotland? (My friend Barb Duff thinks I am a wuss... she and her husband, John, live in Ontario, Canada where the winters are unspeakable.)
So here's a photo from the news today in Kansas:
And what of the weather in Scotland? Well, if traveling, you might check out this great page that will give you all the information you need to know about the weather: https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/weather/
But know that the page starts off with the following information: "We've all heard plenty of jokes about the Scottish weather - but most of them aren't true! Scotland's climate is actually quite moderate and very changeable, although on occasion we get really hot or really cold weather. As the old Scottish saying goes, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!'
The website even has a great section of Did you Know!
DID YOU KNOW?
- In Scotland, we have an old proverb that goes, 'today's rain is tomorrow's whisky.'
- * Strong winds driving in from the Atlantic and North Sea make the Outer Hebrides and Sutherland a paradise for windsurfers.
- * The eastern part of the country, from Inverness across to Aberdeenshire and down to Angus, Fife and the Lothians, enjoys an annual rainfall that is actually similar to (or less than) New York, Barcelona, Rome or even Rabat in Morocco.
- * The long daylight hours means that you could play a round of golf in the middle of the night on Orkney and Shetland.
- * Long dark winter nights are the best time to see amazing constellations of stars at Scotland's designated Dark Sky areas.
- * The Gulf Stream brings warm winds to Scotland's west coast. You can find palm trees in the Highland coastal town of Plockton.
- * Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine per year.
Thank you to the VisitScotland.com website for their information!
Happy Valentine's Day! My husband made me heart-shaped pancakes for. breakfast. I bought him a burial plot (cheap... true story)! Well, I really didn't buy it as a Valentine's Day gift, it just happened to be purchased on this day. But there you have it. We are both very thoughtful. Right?
Just about time to kick off Elections for the annual Clan MacFarlane Worldwide, INC. Board of Directors. So if you are considering running for the Board, we will be kicking it off very soon. In the meantime, the Board of Directors met last night, and the Elections committee put forth a recommended change to the CMW Bylaws. It was quite simple, really. The Bylaws had a pen and ink error, and the Committee asked for a simple change to correct the information.
Section 8.1.7 (8) Election Committee Currently reads:
“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 11:59 p.m., Central Standard Time September 12.”
Motion to change the wording should read:
“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time on September 11.”
The Board discussed and approved the motion. The Bylaws will now reflect what the Committee has done every year.
So now, you might ask yourself why you did not vote on this measure? Well, if it is a simple pen and ink change, the Board does what it is tasked to do, conduct the business for CMW. However, if it is a major addition or change to how CMW conducts business, then a vote is taken to the voting members.
CMW is an all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. Please consider volunteering your time. Elections will kick off with nominations very soon!