[Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi ‘s nach fhaic]


[Be healthy every day when I see you and every day when I do not!]

On November 30th, Scotts all around the world celebrate Scotland’s national day, St Andrew’s Day. The patronage of the saint whose name means ‘manly’ also covers fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. But just who was Saint Andrew and how did he become the patron saint of Scotland?

Find more HERE.

Raising the saltire over the Forth Road Bridge, taken yesterday. No rain, hurrah!
(photo: Richard Scott, Maverick Photo Agency)

[And, of course, my favourite RUNRIG song! 🙂 I listen to it daily, but today is special!]

lyrics:

Taobh cùil an doruis cha bhi grian
Suidh aig bòrd
Cha bhi biadh ‘s cha bhi fìon
Taobh cùil an doruis cha bhi grian
Suidh aig bòrd
Cha bhi biadh ‘s cha bhi fìon
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain
An Gaidheal ‘sa leabaidh
An Gaidheal ‘na shuain
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Thàinig e à Sasainn ann
Thàinig e
Le eachaibh luath is iuchair throm
Thàinig e à Sasainn ann
Thàinig e
Le eachaibh luath is iuchair throm
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain
An Gaidheal ‘sa leabaidh
An Gaidheal ‘na shuain
Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Air làr ‘san toll-dhubh cha bhi grian
Cha bhi gealach
‘S dubh an oidhche chaidleas sinn
Air làr ‘san toll-dhubh cha bhi grian
Cha bhi gealach
‘S dubh an oidhche chaidleas sinn
Air làr ‘san toll-dhubh cha bhi grian
Cha bhi gealach
‘S dubh an oidhche chaidleas sinn
Le èiginn ar n-eirigh às ar suain
Le èiginn ar n-eirigh às ar suain
An Gaidheal ‘sa leabaidh
Le èiginn ar n-eirigh às ar suain

English Translation:
On the other side of the door there will be no sun
Sitting at the table
There will be no food and no wine
On the other side of the door there will be no sun
There will be no food and no wine

He came from the south
He came
On a fast horse and with a heavy key
He came from the south
On a fast horse and with a heavy key
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber
The Gael has gone to bed
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber

On the dungeon floor there will be no sun
There will be no moon
Dark will be the night as we sleep
On the dungeon floor there will be no sun
Dark will be the night as we sleep
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber
The Gael has gone to bed
It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber

And some of the photos I took in Scotland (I took approximately 5,000 photos in Scotland, most of them are still waiting for my attention):

[Stirling Castle, Scotland]

[Young man in central Glasgow]

[Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven]

[Edinburgh]

[Edinburgh]

[Tartan factory]

[Edinburgh shops]

[lost in thoughts]

P.S. – Happy St Andrew’s Day to Garry, Marianne, Stephen and Irene! 🙂 I couldn’t resist the temptation of posting this. I love this clip: Michael McIntyre talks about the attempted terrorist attack of Glasgow airport. 🙂

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