Our Scottish cousins plan a visit

Our Scottish cousins plan a visit

There’s much excitement on the farm when our distant family make a trip to see us.

With visitors flocking to Scotland over the summer months to experience the famous Highland Games which start in May, then the Edinburgh Festival in August, it’s a good time for a getaway for our northern cousins.

This week we’ve received a visit from the newest addition to our Scottish clan – our ducklings in a “wee bunnet”, proudly representing the Land of the Brave in their tartan tam-o-shanters.  They pair them with matching tartan wellies, naturally, as our ducks all like to take pride in their appearance.

They have close cousins here on the farm too: our five tartan ducklings are permanent residents with us now, and these guys proudly display their tartan on their little waistcoats.

Tartan has been the symbolic national dress of Scotland for hundreds of years and the different styles used to be representative of the particular region in which they were made.  In Victorian times, however, patterns were associated with clans or families as part of their Scottish identity.

Our ducks have a fiercely independent streak, though, and didn’t want to wear anyone else’s tartan!  As a result, our designers have created ten unique patterns and colourways which our Scottish ducks proudly sport on their hats, wellies and waistcoats.

We’ve been hearing some good stories from our newest ducks about their fancy headgear.  Known as “tam-o-shanters”, this classic Scottish tartan hat has a fascinating history.  Our cousins have been telling us how it gets its name from a legend that was later immortalised in a Robert Burns poem featuring witches and warlocks.The poem was based on a real person who’s said to have gone out drinking after a good day at the market, and lost his bonnet, in which he had hidden his money.  When he got home he explained it away to his wife by claiming he saw witches dancing who chased him until he dropped his bonnet in the river.  Robert Burns called the man “Tam O’Shanter” in his poem. We’re not sure if the story went down well with poor old Tam O’Shanter’s wife but it certainly amused the ducks on the farm!

It’s nearly time for our Scottish cousins to return to the North but never too late to add them to your collection.  You’ll find all our tartan ducklings on our website all year round.

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