New Year, Scottish Style

Happy New Year!

I’m a bit slow on this salutation, as I’ve taken upon myself early in the year to relax, and slow down. Last year was busy, hectic and exhausting. So I’m starting with a relaxed attitude. I can safely say I’ve done nearly nothing so far this year.

For New Years eve this year we did somewhat the opposite of the above. We hit three locations over the course of the evening, starting with a nice steak dinner at The Keg (where service is just great), then onto something we tripped across a year ago. It was the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s Hogmanay celebration – Scottish New Year. This year is was moved to a new location at the new Lansdowne park in the pavilion.  Nearly two years ago, we were in Scotland for four days, and have never forgotten it. I am pining to get back as soon as possible (which isn’t soon enough). The land, the culture, the sounds and the whiskey are great. So any chance of reliving that here and we are in.

We stayed for a couple of hours to have a wee taste of the scotch (well, I did). Not the food, since we had recently eaten, but the music and sights of Scotland – kilts, pipes and drums and some great accents. And we learned a bit more about my Scottish background.

These are a few shots of the Glengarry pipes and drums. What a terrific sound of the band, including what I’d call a drum solo. I brought my X-Pro1 and 35mm f1.4 lens. As usual, I could have/should have brought a wider angle, but this was fine.

Scottish flag decorations

Scottish flag decorations

Glengarry Pipes and Drums providing some entertainment.

Glengarry Pipes and Drums providing some entertainment.

Kilts

Kilts!

Pipers of the Glengarry pipes and drums

Pipers of the Glengarry pipes and drums

Drummers in a line.

Drums solo with glowing sticks.

We welcomed in the new year on Scotland time (7pm). It was a fun time, but too short, as we had to make our way to friends for the Canadian countdown. Maybe next year we will stick around for the fireworks. If really fortunate, we can celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh. Time will tell.