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Caber Toss - Round Hill Highland Games
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Posted By: Sailor, 07-07-2017, 02:56 PM

A couple of Saturdays ago, while visiting our daughter and her husband in Connecticut, we drove to Lime Rock Park not to see a car race but to attend a British Car Gathering and the Annual Round Hill Highland Games. My main interest was in the car show, which turned out to be disappointingly small, but we ended up having a great time hearing bagpipe bands and a variety of folk singers that sounded sort of Scottish to me. We also had fun watching people throw stones over their heads, tossing burlap sacks full of . . . . something . . . . over a high bar, and flinging various objects across a field. Most interesting to me was the caber toss, in which one hoists and balances a tall, thick pole before tossing it in such way that the pole completely flips over.

Below are four pics of the caber toss; the shots are inexpertly done, because I found it difficult to shoot action pics and drink bear simultaneously.

I want to visit Lime Rock again, but to see, hear and smell what it's really built for - colorful cars moving at high speed and making lots of noise.

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Very good series of a Scottish tradition.
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Excellent, fun series Jer. I particularly like the " traditional " wearing of the reversed baseball cap !!!
They say William Wallace followed the Red Sox.
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I found it difficult to shoot action pics and drink bear simultaneously.
You have really got to work on your photography and drinking skills Jer. For one thing, you run from bears; you don't drink them. Photography, like any other hobby, can be enhanced by a libation or two.

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Very good series of a Scottish tradition.
Thanks much, EM. I appreciate the kind words.

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Excellent, fun series Jer. I particularly like the " traditional " wearing of the reversed baseball cap !!!
They say William Wallace followed the Red Sox.
Thanks, buddy. Here in the US, reversing the ball cap goes hand in glove with wearing a kilt.

Also, I'm with good old William. We lived in Boston back in the day and I've been a Sox fan ever since.

Jer

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You have really got to work on your photography and drinking skills Jer. For one thing, you run from bears; you don't drink them. Photography, like any other hobby, can be enhanced by a libation or two.
I beg your pardon - my drinking skills have been honed to perfection. Photography? Not so much.

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In my opinion you did very well in taking pictures and drinking beers simultaneously. :-)
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Caber Toss - Round Hill Highland Games
Absolutely no comments from me...

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Absolutely no comments from me...
You're obviously the gentleman on the right in the first pic, Kerrowdown!
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obviously the gentleman on the right in the first pic
Nah, I'm the guy that in one trip, carried all the cabers on to the field.
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In my opinion you did very well in taking pictures and drinking beers simultaneously. :-)
Thank you, Janse.

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Absolutely no comments from me...
This stuff is probably old hat to you. But for us it was entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Also, I happen to like the sound of the bagpipe.

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Nah, I'm the guy that in one trip, carried all the cabers on to the field.


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Where are the bagpipes? I'm disappointed in you Sailor, not sharing the photos of the tortured cats Good photos, o'er here I've worn my kilt with a cowboy hat once, that is my everyday hat (an Australian outback hat), and my steel-toe wellie boots. Must say, it goes together well I'm actually heading off to a bagpipe camp now, so I'll leave you this Scottish tune to listen to

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Nah, I'm the guy that in one trip, carried all the cabers on to the field.
(Laughs). They're just toothpicks to you.

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Where are the bagpipes? I'm disappointed in you Sailor, not sharing the photos of the tortured cats Good photos, o'er here I've worn my kilt with a cowboy hat once, that is my everyday hat (an Australian outback hat), and my steel-toe wellie boots. Must say, it goes together well I'm actually heading off to a bagpipe camp now, so I'll leave you this Scottish tune to listen to
Unfortunately, disappointment is part of life - a lesson best learned early.

I watched the individual competition that was part of this gathering - pipers (if that's the right word) played while walking very slowly. An interesting demonstration of control. Later a band (I'm guessing about 20 fellows) gave a concert - great sound, great fun.

Enjoy your camp.

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They're just toothpicks to you.
Aye and with splinters to clean up below the gum line.

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played while walking very slowly
Aye that's for judging purposes... playing the more cheery laments, when you want music to slit your wrists by.
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