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SoCS – Up in the Air

Thank you to Linda G Hill for this week’s SoCS word – toss. Apparently we can use it any way we like. Challenge accepted!

Being the wee Scottish lassie that I am, of course I know all about that wonderful sport that features in every Highland Games gathering, tossing the caber. A caber is a humongous tapered pole of solid larch wood, about 19ft 6 in (5.95m) tall, weighing in at a hefty 12.5 stone (175lb or 79kg). The aim of the game is to toss it so that it turns end over end, landing precisely at the 12 o’clock position… as you do.

My, that’s a big one!

Wikipedia has a few interesting facts on scoring but zilch to say on the origin of the sport. Why on God’s green earth did anyone decide that tossing a telegraph pole end over end counted as a sport? And while I’m on the subject, why is tossing a poor defenceless Haggis a sport? Who invented Haggis Hurling, as it is known? I mean, I can understand sports like pole vaulting and javelin … crossing rivers and spearing one’s dinner. But caber and haggis? Nope. I’ve got nothing. I won’t lose sleep, tossing and turning while wondering in the oddity of Highland Games.

How can anyone toss this wee beastie?!
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#SoCS – Food, glorious food!

Hopefully all my lovely friends from across the pond, have had time to digest their amazing Thanksgiving food, and that none of them suffered indigestion.

Next week, the 30th to be precise, it’s St Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. As per Burns Suppers, we Scots will be tucking into platters of freshly caught Haggis (likely to cause indigestion!), accompanied by neeps and tatties, all washed down with a dram or two (or maybe more) of a fine malt whisky (note spelling… no ‘e’ in Scottish whisky). One piece of advice, keep some antacids to hand. Oh an don’t look up the recipe for Haggis if you’re of a delicate nature. Sorry, that’s two pieces of advice…

Slànte mhath (good health)


Linda’s weekly Saturday prompt word was digest. Mmmm foooooood!