The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

tap8__1407507750_86.160.218.231It was my great pleasure to visit the exhibition of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday. Having been involved with the project from the early days as a historical advisor, it was brilliant to finally see the panels stitched. While I had seen many a design beforehand, the actual stitching has really made the panels come to life: the level of detail is incredible. I love all of the panels, but particularly the ones on Scottish clubs and societies – obviously a topic close to my heart.

Stitchers have done an amazing job, and so has Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the designs. It was all organised by the same people who brought us the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, and stitchers came from …

A Great History

TanjaTurakinaSo there I was, back in New Zealand at the Turakina Highland Games. But this year was special as it marked the celebration of the 150th Games – what an amazing feat. The weather agreed wholeheartedly as it was a gloriously sunny summer day (and the only such nice day in a while). As local MP Ian McKelvie, who opened the Games, observed, ‘It was a huge success and a great credit to all who put so much effort into making it the spectacle it was. This is further proof of the vibrancy and resilience of our small rural communities.’

The Games began on Friday with a piper’s lament played at the village cemetery to honour the original Turakina settlers, followed by a function at the Ben Nevis Tavern when …