We enjoyed our performances at Glamis Castle. The weather was atrocious especially on the Saturday. Thanks to those who persisted to listen to Iron Broo at the end of the evening to ceilidh in the torrential rain and darkness... We will never forget you!
I found it strange being on the stage with the light in my face which meant that when looking out to the audience we couldn't see a thing in the darkness. Only the odd High-Viz jacket dancing around which gave me a wee chuckle.
The Sunday weather was slightly better. It drizzled on and off most of the day. Although when we went on to perform at the end of the day the sun came out and even gave us a bit of colour.
Myself and all the other families enjoyed the Singing Kettle who were great. Children love them and I saw quite a lot of adults enjoying the fun, myself included. My son Marco was over the moon to get a chance to be on stage with them and play the maracas. We have seen them several times at their shows and he had always wished to be picked to go on stage with them and so he was very very happy. Thanks Gary!
The Kilted Chef - Craig Wilson's cookery demonstration was excellent. He was joined by the lovely Andrea Brymer of STV. I was standing watching when Marco went to the front just as Craig was making a Chocolate sauce. 'Would you like to try some?" he asked Marco in front of everyone. "No" replied Marco.
He must have been the only person, everyone laughed. He's a fussy eater but then he is only 6. Craig demonstrated his recipes using Local ingredients which he gathered from the stalls of Local producers who were selling their fare at Glamis. So anyone could go and buy the ingredients there and then. I think it's great to see local fresh produce being used in our cooking. For a long time Scotland has had a poor reputation for it's culinary excellence. Things are changing now. Scotland produces some of the finest ingredients for the table you will find anywhere in the world. Our meat is second to none. Fantastic fresh fish. Any vegetables that like rain are far better in Scotland, tatties, carrots etc. I have always been annoyed to see supermarkets sell tatties and carrots that come from the other side of the continent when we have the best tasting right here on our doorstep. Apples and Strawberries are another example.
I really enjoy cooking and hope to try some of Craig's apricot chicken soon. It's important that people cook their own food. I despair when I look at what some folk buy in the Supermarket.
After the huge success last year, Glamis Gathering 2013 is set to be a great weekend out for all. Set in the grounds of Glamis Castle, in front of the castle, a weekend of fun is promised for everyone on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of May 2013. Tickets and information can be found here: (No longer available.)
Saturday the 18th May from 3pm in front of the castle.
Live on the Lawn
MICHAEL BUBLE Tribute - Drew Wilson
IRON BROO - Ceilidh Band (yippeee)
GLITZ - All Girl Rock Band
Pipe Band Blairgowrie
Paul Anderson - International Fiddler (Quality!)
Master of Ceremonies – Mr Doug Duthie
Family Fun Day
Family Day of Music/Dance including Food/Crafts
THE SINGING KETTLE - With their new show (ace)
GLAMMERJACK - a take on the famous CRACKERJACK television programme
Hosted by HILARY WHITLEY of BBC SCOTLAND
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Competition for best dressed Teddy
IRON BROO - Ceilidh Band (hurraaay!)
GLITZ - All Girl Rock Band
GARRY SEAGREAVES - Magician for Children
LOCAL MUSICIANS - on Stage during the afternoon
COOKERY DEMONSTRATION - CRAIG WILSON
The Kilted Chef from Eat on the Green Restaurant
with a special guest appearance from
ANDREA BRYMER of STV
FOOD AND CRAFT VILLAGE
including stalls from local producers and crafts
POLICE AWARENESS UNIT ON SITE
ANGUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL DISPLAYS
Funfair and Food Outlets all day
We had some great photos recently from gifted wedding photographer Janie Barclay. ( see her site www.janiebarclay.com ) They were just taken at weddings where we both working. I've put some up on our gallery page and will use them on the website and other projects.