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Burns Supper report; Penlan Farm;

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Burns Supper in Kidwelly went down well as far as I could ascertain from the guests.  The tables were given quaint Scottish football team names – (Greenock) Morton, Buckie Thistle, Forres Mechanics, Shotts Bon Accord, Banks o’ Dee, Hamilton Academicals and so on.

There were one or two hiccups. As usual I fluffed my lines in the Address to the Haggis.  I can be word-perfect in rehearsals at five in the morning and all day beforehand but in front of the audience, the mind goes blank.  In my preamble I mentioned that the world record for haggis throwing was 160 ft and 10 inches, set in 1985 at Loch Lomond. I said that act was a demonstration of what many think is the best thing to do with haggis i.e. throw it as far away as possible. I thought it was funny but no-one laughed.  In the Toast to The Lasses I reminded the lads that the lasses were very good at house-keeping.  In a divorce, they always keep the house. That didn’t get a laugh either. Oh well.

Doug our veteran dance guru was ill and unavailable and as I expected the Scottish Country Dancing was a bit of a shambles.  We all laughed.

On Penlan Farm it was so wet before the big freeze that we failed to get our carrots lifted.  By some miracle they have survived being frozen.  We have to lift them by hand as the land is too wet but they are in excellent condition and tasty. We’ve just commissioned our vegetable washing line and our cold store is also ready.  A few dry days and we may be able to get them lifted by machine and into the store.

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