Friday, 23 January 2015

Rabbie Burns, Tartan and other things Scottish.

I have lived in  Scotland for nearly forty two years now, having come here after we left Berlin. My recollections of that time still make me laugh. One of the teachers we had was Scottish and I remember him telling us about Haggis. Haggis, according to legend, are long haired sausage shaped creatures that run around the hills of Scotland and they have two legs longer than the other two to make managing the hills easier.

Scotland is a beautiful country, and I have lived in various parts of it, from Dunkeld to Machrihanish, Grangemouth to Ayr, and have to say the beauty here on the west coast is simply stunning. But in all fairness in comparison to looking out on the BP chemical plant for ten years anything would be better.

storm on ayr beach
icons of Scotland

Think of Scotland and you think of the Loch Ness monster, square sausage, Irn Bru ( made in Scotland from girders), not to mention Red Kola,  midges, shortbread, bagpipes, kilts,  clootie dumpling and thistles, The country is steeped in history with many amazing buildings to see Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Culzean Castle to name but a few.

If you think of Ayrshire the first thing that would probably spring to mind would be Rabbie Burns. He has a massive following not just here but all over the world with Burns Suppers being held far and wide. How many of you have sung along to words of his at new year?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and days of auld lang syne? 
For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.” 
― Robert Burns

"Tae a Moose" in all its glory

With Burns night in mind I have been asked to do a review of a rather stunning tartan bib.Well we got two actually one each for Minky and Dinky.  The bibs made by Skibz bibs are are part of their Made in England Limited Edition range.  Its a lovely Tartan bib that is reversible, mine has white hearts on a red background, the ones for sale have white dots instead to make it more uni sex.

both sides of our bibs

So what are Skibz bibs? 
Our bandana-style dribble bibs are so soft and comfortable. The adjustable press stud fastening ensures a snug fit around your child's neck and the unique, double-layer backing is highly absorbent, so moisture is drawn away from your baby's delicate skin.
No more soreness and chafing.
Dribblers really give their Skibz a workout, day after day. We've made sure Skibz pass the most rigorous testing to meet the highest British and European standards possible for safety and quality. So it'll come as no surprise that our bibs can be washed at 60°C. Time after time.
Skibz are the most functional product you'll ever buy for your little dribbler - and we also insist that they look great too. Skibz work like a bib but look like a scarf, so whatever outfit your little one is wearing, Skibz adds the finishing touch that pulls it all together.
A wide range of designs is always available, from cuddly cow print and traditional ginghams right through to funky florals and polka dots.

the twins in tartan

We found the the bibs are really comfortable to the touch, soft and absorbent. I personally feel these bandana style bibs are much dressier than the bibs that were available when my children were young. They look fabulous when they are on. The seams are invisible, the quality is outstanding  and they compliment any outfit. Fabulous for around the house and more than suitable for a dressier occasion as well. I am sure the twins would not be out of place at their aunts wedding later this year in them.

poppers and the stitched on logo of authenticity 

All the bibs have the logo stitched on so you now you are buying quality. The poppers are well attached, and I like these as they are adjustable to grow with your child, either doing up both on a smaller child like the twins or just the one on an older child.

tartan bandana bib
we tested them out with food as well. 

Disclaimer - we were sent two bibs to try out but this did not influence my findings.

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