To end the week, as I began it:
Come sit awhile with me,
and celebrate another birthday
for a special friend who lives nearby.
Let’s ” tak a cup o’ kindness yet”* and a tasty treat,
and feel satisfied that we have spent the week as best as we were able.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
- For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.
With healing and love and many thanks for keeping me company during this week of daily posts,
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Yum – you’ve made me hungry and I’m looking at my next meal – a hard boiled egg and 1/2 grapefruit.
It’s wonderful to have friends to share life with. We’ve moved often but have somehow managed to maintain friendships over the years. We’ve now been in one place long enough to have friendships that last and begin to have history.
Another beautiful post, Gallivanta.
It’s lovely when that happens, too. Friends everywhere and some good ones close to hand, as well.
I have never tried tamarillo! But it certainly looks a treat served with pancakes! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that this one is just as lovely! x
Thank you. And you, too.
I don’t understand every single world, but have always loved that song. Such a rush of emotion and memory that it evokes. Thank you,.
I am the same re understanding. However, I have learned that Jo is a very useful and acceptable word when playing Words with Friends. She is a good lass is Jo.
lovely post as usual 🙂
is that old english language???
Hmmm… not exactly sure of the answer. I would say old Scottish but not sure if that is the right term to use.
Lovely words and images…tell me how do you serve the tamarillo…is it just freshly sliced on top of the pancake?
I blanch the tamarillo for a few minutes in boiling water, then remove the skin. Then I slice them thickly and add sugar ( to taste) . The sugar creates a syrup and turns the tamarillo dark red/purple. Of course this means the tamarillo bleeds a bit on to the pancake but it doesn’t matter if you eat them quickly. 🙂 You can also just cut the tamarillo in half and scoop out the flesh. Most people would find that quite sour. I haven’t tried this but I believe they are very good cooked with meat, particularly pork.
Thanks so much for the tips…I think I will dare try them…I often look at them at the store but since I have not known what to do with them and haven’t gotten around to doing the research they have remained on the store shelf.
Are they expensive? Even though we grow them in NZ they are still quite expensive. I only buy two or three at a time.
I do enjoy Robbie Burns! He had a way of celebrating the days of life. May it be said we did the same…. 🙂
I’ll drink to that!
Your pictures and post are so charming! What a poignant poem too… 🙂
Thank you Meg. It is one of many favourites. 🙂
Wow what lovely looking tasty treats!
This has been a great week. Every day was a treat, even the ones I doubled up on because of the crowded hours of house moving and work and art. I hope you feature another week like this again, or post as often as these inspirations come to you. Thanks for the extra sharing.
Thank you Lucy. Sounds like the house move is going well even if you are feeling tired by it all.
It sure is! My husband and I were refinishing the floor last night while my daughter visited and a cool evening breeze was coming through the screen doors we had just hung front and back and I thought, “not a scrid of our own things in here, but it already feels like home.”
Excellent. Some houses are like that. Welcoming from the moment they greet you.
And, like everything and everyone we love, they are a lot of work. 🙂
But worth it.
A lovely way to celebrate a birthday – tea, pancakes and kindness.
The recipe for every good birthday! 😉
I’d like to get in on the quoting too, so I’ll add that your first italicized words remind me of the first lines in Browning’s “Rabbi Ben Ezra”:
“Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be…”
Perfect! And, in return, I give you one of my favourites from Australian, Michael Leunig
Come sit down beside me I said to myself,
And although it doesn’t makes sense,
I held my own hand
As a small sign of trust
And together I sat on the fence.
Excellent. Thanks. I’d write more but it’s hard to type while I’m holding my own hand.
Yes, I tried. It really is difficult.
It’s been a fine week! Your photos are lovely and the sentiments so seemingly simple, yet thought provoking!
I feel a wise quote is called for in response to your lovely comment but since it is 2.30 am already, the wisest thing is probably to say thank you and take myself to bed, pronto!!!!!
You have the art of making simple things look very beautiful. I enjoyed sitting down for a ‘cup of kindness’ with you. Thank you.
Thank you Juliet. I have to give a lot of credit to the natural gorgeousness of the tamarillo. 🙂
Your table looks so inviting–and I’m enjoying sitting with you and chatting via technology. What a wonderful way to end a lovely week of posts!
It was a pleasure to have your company. Sorry I didn’t make a blueberry cobbler for you, though. 😀
My hunch seems to have been right. Your tamarillo is the same as the tamarind I know. In South America, some call it “toucan fruit.” What makes pancakes “Scottish?” A little scotch in the batter?
I never, ever would attempt daily posting. Good for you, that you met your goal — and gave us some real delights along the way.
Just looking at this site, http://www.toucanfruit.com/our-range/fruit/tamarillo/, I think the toucan fruit is different from the tamarillo. It is from South America, however. Its scientific name is solanum betaceum. As for the Scotch panckes…I have no idea but you have given me an idea. I will try adding a wee dram to the mixture. Could be fun.
I knew the reward would come! Your Pikelets look really good so thank you for inviting me to sit at the table 😀
You know me well. A little outing and a lot of eating. 🙂
I’ve never eaten a tamarillo. Those look good!
Do try one if you can! The US is our main export market for tamarillos so you may find a NZ Tamarillo in a market somewhere.
What a fine and loving week you’ve had, Ann. 🙂
Those Scotch pancakes look divine with the plums. I expect you’ve seen that relations have been a little strained with our Scots neighbours just lately. Thank goodness it’s all behind us.
Hope you have another happy week next week.
We have made it through the week! Believe it or not, I was as anxious as anyone about the outcome of the Scottish referendum. Whatever happens in the UK/Scotland affects New Zealand, too, strange as it seems. After all the Queen is our Head of State and we still have the Union Jack on our flag! Looking forward to seeing where you take us on your Monday walk.
Thanks for having a wonderful afternoon with those delicious treats. Yummy
I couldn’t have a week without treats, could I? 😀 A plateful of goodness is a must on my blog. Glad you could share with me.
That is good to know, I love your treats!
I made a lovely yogurt/lemon drizzle cake that I was going to feature on my Saturday post with the pikelets but we ate it all before I managed any photos!
I so enjoy how you share your country, and the pride you have for it. I imagine places I haven’t been. I love your photos and beautiful words that accompany them.
Thank you April that means a lot because I know how hard you have to work to find joy and loveliness sometimes. Our little country has problems and injustice and ugly bits but, on the whole, it’s a pretty good, decent place.
This post made me very hungry. I’ve never tasted that red fruit “Tamarillo”? How is it? Hope your friend had a great birthday. Lovely flowers!
The tamarillo or tomate de árbol is worth tasting if you can find one. 🙂 I would say, however, that it is a fruit that one either loves or hates. It is originally from South America.
A gift of friendship is the best kind there is. And, are tomatillos sweet, tart or what?
Friendship needs no other gift than itself. 🙂 The tamarillos, or tree tomatoes, tend to be tart. I like to marinate them in sugar( because I like to create a juice) but I could eat them without sweeteners. The skin is not eaten.
Hmmm…a lot of work if you have to peel them. I hope they are tasty!
Worth the effort. 🙂
A special week comes to an end…are you a little tired? Auld Lang Syne could also be appropriate after the vote in Scotland!
I am tired! But pleased, too, that I finished what I started. Yes, Auld Lang Syne is also there for the Scottish referendum.
Those pikelets look delicious with cream and ‘tree tomato’ as we used to call them. I partook in absentia!
Perhaps there will still be some tree tomatoes around when you get here. I didn’t like them much in my youth. But I love them now. I have always loved pikelets. Hadn’t made them for years, though, but started again a few weeks ago. They are a regular item on the menu again.
People really should hear the entire song more often!! You chose beautiful flowers to accompany it too.
GP, the entire song is very poignant. I would like to hear it in full more often, too. Our national elections have come to an end tonight. I thought it would be an appropriate song to end a week with words that bind us together, after the divisiveness that always surfaces during elections. Our National Party has been re-elected.
WOW! A whole week of kindness!! I wonder if I could last a day. lol
Kindness isn’t difficult. Writing a post every day is! For me, anyway. Next week I am going to return to my old lazy ways. 🙂
Looking forward to your dilly dally ways. 🙂
Has it been a whole week already? Thank you for sharing so often – it has been quite delightful! Those pikelets look mighty fine [I did not know they were called Scotch Pancakes] and the whole display for your friends birthday is just beautiful! Have a lovely Sunday dear Gallivanta 🙂 xoxo
Election results not withstanding, I did have a lovely Sunday! I didn’t know pikelets were Scotch pancakes either until I was swapping recipes with a friend living next door to me in New Delhi. She was born in England and gave me a recipe for Scotch pancakes and made some for me. They were exactly the same as our pikelets!
A nice ending that comes to the sweet and flowers on the table. I take a cup o’ kindness. Thanks 🙂
Glad you will share a cup o’ kindness with me. 🙂
That’s an interesting looking fruit. The breakfast looks delicious. Have a lovely weekend, Gallivanta.
Lovely weekend to you, too, Julie. The tamarillo is a beautiful fruit. They are related to the eggplant, the tomato and the potato but taste nothing like any of those!