St. Andrew’s Day

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Favorite Tartans

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day: Task 4 If you could create your personal tartan, what would it look like?  Or if you have a favorite existing tartan, which one is it?   Black Watch tartan: modern (left), ancient (top right) and Gordon (bottom right) patterns. My favorite tartan already exists — […]

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Ann Cleeves: White Nights

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Book: Read a book set in Scotland.   Rather easy choice, this one … And notwithstanding the fact that there’s a fairly obvious giveaway to the “who” very early on — and I’m beginning to clue in on Cleeves’s approach in terms of construction, writerly perspective […]

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2019: The Year’s Greatest Book Catches from my TBR

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 3: St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”? Of my favorite reads of 2019, surprisingly few already were on my TBR at the beginning of the year, […]

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Six Favorite Scottish Writers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 1: Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Six favorite Scottish writers: Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary. Robert Louis Stevenson: For Kidnapped alone — though his Edinburgh Picturesque Notes, even 150 years after their first publication, remain one of the […]

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St. Andrew’s Day – Task 12

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   Sorry I’m late this morning! Husband and son & I were watching 1980’s rock concerts into the wee hours last night.   Door 12:  St. Andrew’s Day   Task 1:  Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Task 2: Ian Rankin likes to say that […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day

  Door 12:  St. Andrew’s Day   Task 1:  Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Task 2: Ian Rankin likes to say that the Scottish national diet is sugar, fat and alcohol. The traditional Scottish dessert – Raspberry Cranachan – contains all three of these (and of course the […]

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Unusual Cloud Formations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 3: Legend has it that the saltire or St. Andrew’s cross (white on an azure background) – which constitutes the national flag of Scotland – originated as a cloud formation, symbolizing St. Andrew’s being crucified on an X-shaped cross rather than an upright one.  Do […]

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Favorite Books Featuring Golf

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 4: The town of St. Andrews, where the saint’s bones ended up in the course of the spread of Christianity to Scotland, is also famous for its golf course and tournament.  List your 3 favorite books where golf is key to the plot.   Golf […]

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Michael Connelly: The Late Show (Renee Ballard, Book 1)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Book: Andrew was the first apostle; read the first book in a series.  OR:  Andrew and Peter were brothers; read a book about brothers.  OR: Read books about or set in Scotland or by a Scottish author, or set in Charleston, South Carolina (which is where the […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – Saint Andrew’s Day

  Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30) is the feast day of Saint Andrew and Scotland’s official national day. Since 2015, it is also a national holiday in Romania. According to the New Testament, Saint Andrew was the disciple who introduced his brother, the Apostle Peter, to Jesus. Andrew is credited with spreading the gospel to […]

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