On 25th January we set about celebrating Burns Day with the usual tartan, saltires, shortbread and Irn Bru but we also captured the essence of a true Scottish Gathering, as friends came together to enjoy one another’s company, share stories, laughter and even a few songs. 

The decorations went up early so that residents awoke to bright Scottish morning.  There was bunting, Burns tartan tables and the Bard’s poetry on display.

We spent the morning crafting, creating and penning our own poetry.  I think Rabbie would be fair pleased with Jimmy’s poem, written in the style of Burns himself!  Another resident used her calligraphy skills to transcribe some favourite poems into beautiful display pieces.  All of this took place to a sound track of traditional, folk and modern Scottish music accompanied by bursts of song as we joined in with our favourite tunes.

In the afternoon our thoughts turned to facts as we took on the 'Great Scottish Quiz’ challenge!  Residents and staff joined forces and combined their knowledge.  The bar was set high and the questions were tricky and wide ranging, covering all manner of subjects from Rabbie himself through to historical facts and modern myths.  The Challenge Cup certainly lived up to its name! 

There was an excellent effort by all and the scores were close but the ‘Tartan Trio’ triumphed by 2 points, taking the glory and a well earned trophy! 

When the light began to fade and the day turned into Burns Night, it was time for our tartan troops to retire and enjoy a supper fit for a Bard before finishing off with an evening of Scottish films. Aye, we had a fine Burns Day at William Simpsons.