Having Fun at the Highland Games

The Central Florida Highland Games may seem a strange choice for Serenity (this week’s photo challenge) but in a way it’s very fitting.

It’s a weekend retreat of sorts, to meet up with family

Clan MacLennan, Florida Style

Clan MacLennan, Florida Style

and old friends

We love our family by music, The Tinkers and look forward to meeting up with them each year

We love our family by music, The Tinkers and look forward to meeting up with them each year

and make new ones. This year it was Betty and George, down from Michigan and enjoying the Florida weather.

It’s a chance to relax in the sun, rejoice in the fact that we are all still breathing and able to get together again, hug each other, laugh together, catch up on what’s been going on in the “in between” time since last year’s Games.

Clan Tent

Hubby (on right) and Jim McLennan, who hosted our clan tent

Hubby (on right) and Jim McLennan, who hosted our clan tent

Good food, thankfully some good weather this year (though it’s fun in the rain as well).

We couldn't have asked for better weather - a little nippy in the morning, followed by clear skies and 70 degrees

We couldn’t have asked for better weather – a little nippy in the morning, followed by clear skies and 70 degrees

It’s a time to touch base with old friends, our favorite vendors, the border collies,

We always start with the border collies

We always start with the border collies

the Highland cattle and Clydesdale,

We haven't brought one of these home yet...

We haven’t brought one of these home yet…

Hubby and Clydesdale

Hubby and Clydesdale

eat a turkey leg (hubby and I split one), a veggie burrito (our daughter’s choice) and our all-round favorite, Empire Biscuits.

Empire Biscuits - our first stop

Empire Biscuits – our first stop

My battery was on the wane so I wasn’t able to record the turkey leg big enough for two (or three or ten), catching up with Son’s tai chi grand master and his family and crew, the caber toss (our other favorite event) but the memories remain.

Here’s a particularly good toss from the 2009 Games.

As I write this, I’m savoring an Empire Biscuit and coffee (hey, I’m American) and reliving yesterday’s fun while preparing for today’s long list of to-dos.

Serenity isn’t only to be found in a cloister or a church. Sometimes it’s found under a blue Florida sky with friends and family by blood, by love, and by tradition.

For more on this challenge, go here.

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