On Tuesday, July 26th, the South Harris Show took place in Leverburgh. Unlike last year, the weather could not have been better! The roads were busy and Leverburgh was “hoaching” (very crowded). I think many people return to the islands for the Show, which is followed by a big cèilidh in the evening. Our friends commented that it was the first time they’d seen young people in Harris, and the Dafter too was wondering where they’d all been hiding out.
In one corner there were what I believe are called “heavy events” – throwing a weight over a bar in this case:
Some of the livestock were still being judged in the afternoon, but the poultry had all had their turn:
It was great to see so many people (and this lovely horse) just enjoying being outside in the sun. There weren’t even any midges! These folks were watching a display of birds of prey:
We enjoyed looking at all the entries inside the school. Below are the eggs; on the window is a drawing that says “Cuir gu muir!” – “Let’s put out to sea!”
The Dafter, who was in Gaelic-medium education until she had to leave her high school at Easter, loved being back in a Gaelic classroom:
The traffic lights sign says: “Put a coloured dot to show how well you understood. Green means: ‘I understand’; Orange means: ‘I wasn’t quite sure’; Red means: ‘I didn’t understand this assignment at all'”. The Dafter said her school used the same system and she always enjoyed choosing the colour of her dot. The signs next to the traffic light are lists of words which are feminine in Gaelic.
It was a great afternoon, and so nice to be amidst many people all enjoying themselves. I was sad to note that I only heard people of my elderly age or older speaking Gaelic. When I first began going to the islands, in 1994, you heard teenagers speaking Gaelic amongst each other. But I heard only English being spoken by young islanders.
I’ll have another post or two from our holiday yet. It’s beginning to seem like a dream of sun and sand – Aberdeen has been rainy, foggy, wintry and very chilly. The chestnut trees are already on the turn, and on the tv we are watching looting and burning in England with horror. We’re praying for order, and peace – as we found on Harris.