We have picnics quite often here in the lovely mountains where we live. We go to lots of shows and festivals through the summer and autumn, sometimes to show our car, and sometimes just to drive someplace pretty, or hike to a waterfall. We mostly enjoy just getting outside, seeing beautiful places and enjoying the company of friends old and new.
It was a wonderful warm day in the low 80s when we drove out of the mountains and down to South Carolina on Saturday of Memorial Weekend for the Great Scot British Car Show and Gallabrae Scottish Games. We took our 1974 TVR and were placed in the Other British Sports Cars class right next to our British friend Alvan and his DeLorean.
Isn’t this a lovely place for a British car show and picnic? It is the campus of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
The rules are pretty simple, the points are awarded for getting the end in the tosser’s hands over the other end. The most points are scored when the caber lands at a 12 o’clock position in front of the tosser.
Really, this is extraordinary, those cabers are 19 and a half feet long and weigh 175 pounds!!
We stopped by the Clan booths to see if our names showed up anywhere.
Even more booths were around the corner. Nope, we just don’t have any Scottish in either of us.
We then went to see the herding dogs work the sheep. They are just fascinating to watch.
They also herd ducks, to get them to go through the little tunnel and over a little bridge.
Amazing how these dogs respond to different pitches of whistle by the handler.
The ax toss was something even spectators could try. We decided just to watch.
Celtic music could be heard all over the games area. This band was fantastic, you just had to tap your toes.
A bagpiper was tuning up in the shade of the trees to stay cool.
After a morning of walking around, it was time for lunch! The picnic quilt was unfurled next to the cars and we prepared to dig in. Here’s me and hubby with our Farmer’s Market Picnic Quilt, a modern asymmetrical design.
I brought my vintage picnic basket.
Here was our menu –
Thinly sliced roast beef on
Artisan sourdough bread with
Horseradish aioli, fresh spinach, and Lettuce from my garden
Homemade cole slaw with shredded cabbage and carrots
and my secret recipe dressing
Homemade pasta salad with Farfalle pasta, green onions,
bacon bits, cheddar cheese and sunflower seeds
I like to wrap my sandwiches in wax paper like Ina Garten does. My grandmother did this too. Dessert was fresh strawberries, continuing the Farmer’s Market theme.
So, here is the Farmer’s Market picnic quilt. There are paper pieced blocks, traditionally pieced blocks, scrappy pinwheels, baskets of fruit and solid blocks of food prints to fill in the spaces.
I had fun making this quilt and was delighted to use up the stash of foodie fabrics I bought several years ago for a challenge I didn’t finish. Laying out on the ground, it caused a bit of a stir, with folks coming by to ask about it. I actually think I have two new followers on the blog from showing it! Here are some close-up shots of the individual areas. This pumpkin is a Thimbleberries design.
The apples are snowball blocks with the bottom of the stem of the apple sewed into the seam. Then the stems were appliqued down after the quilting was done.
The carrot is paper pieced. The borders are yellow peppers and lettuce.
The corn is paper pieced too. Finally got to use my corn fabric!
The pinwheels are scrappy.
There are three baskets, one with blueberries, one with strawberries and one with cherries.
Here are the guys enjoying a bit of a rest and conversation about the events of the day, while more spectators looked at the cars.
At the end of the day, the topper to a fun time was our British Car winning second place in our class.
I hope you enjoyed my picnic as much as I did!!
Update 2017 – the Great Scot Games and British Car Show is an annual event on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend on the Furman University Campus in Greenville, SC.
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