|'Hold it together' - acrylic on box canvas 5x5 inches (12.5 x 12.5cm)|
So, kilt pins. They're designed to protect a Scotsman's modesty, being worn on the lower right hand side of the apron of a kilt to weigh it down at the front so it doesn't blow open in the wind and give everyone an eyeful (of course that doesn't prevent the back of the kilt from blowing up as I discovered when I googled kilt pins and found plenty of entertaining photos of full moons in Scotland!
This is another in the series of surreal space junk paintings. I was planning to paint a safety pin (and I still might) but thought it would be fun to give it a Scottish twist this time with a kilt pin instead. Of course, this is a very basic bog standard kilt pin and they're often more ornate but this worked better for what I wanted.
I also learnt how kilt pins came into being and I'm sure you're dying to know so let me tell you. Queen Victoria is reputed to have taken pity on a young soldier who, on a very windy day, was afraid that he might give the Queen a view of Scotland that she hadn't bargained on, so she gave him her own brooch to pin to his kilt apron to hold it in place. She then decreed that all military kilts should have a means of fastening the apron down and so the kilt pin was born.
In other news, while I was in England last week S only went and bought a campervan!! We had talked about it so I knew it was possible and then he went to see this one which is 15 years old but only has 17,000 miles on the clock and has only been owned by one man who drove it just around the island of Orkney and two older ladies who, it seems, barely used it. It isn't the iconic VW Campervan from the 60s and 70s that my inner hippie always dreamed of owning but pretty as they are, there's barely room to turn around whereas this one is like a little tardis and even has a toilet and shower!!
I'm so excited because I do love our road trips and this means we can go see lots more places in the UK and just stop and camp where we fancy. We're even talking about a trip to the South of France next summer and taking the dogs with us and in future, when there's a possibility of seeing the northern lights we can jump in the campervan and head out somewhere dark and wait for them to appear inside with the heating on and a cup of coffee rather than standing outside in the freezing cold for hours!!
S asked me what we should call him and in light of the recent 'Boaty McBoatface' story I suggested 'Campy McCampervan' (not entirely seriously, I have to say) but somehow it stuck and S even got a sticker made up to make it official!
So that's all my news from the north this week. Wishing you all a lovely week and thanks as always for visiting my blog.
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