Serried: Ragtag Daily Prompt

My blog pal, Margaret, participates in a daily prompt for photos and writing and other forms of expression.

Her first choice of prompts is the word “serried,” and the word and the woman have inspired me to re-visit some photos from a trip to Scotland and Cornwall.


Serried foxgloves in Morrab Gardens in Penzance


Serried flags in Penzance


Serried highland dancers; pint-sized versions


Serried barrels of whisky at Laphroaig, Islay.

55 thoughts on “Serried: Ragtag Daily Prompt

    • We went to a Highland Games and there was dancing all day, so we watched tons of it. The littlest dancers were so cute and the older ones so talented!

  1. HI, your pingback didn’t work. Try this: in the editing mode of your post, highlight one word. Then click on the link icon. Your highlighted word should appear in the second of the two blanks. If you copy this: ( its the URL for the post) and then paste it in the first of the two blanks, and republish your post, it should link. A lot of tricky learning on this new adventure.

    • Oh, I won’t be doing posts about Scotland–our trip took place right before I started blogging, so several years ago. But tell her that she really should try to spend a day at one of the many Highland Games around the country. Their version of American country fairs, sort of, and so much fun! Dancing, pipe and drum bands, many attractive men in kilts . . . need I say more??

  2. Thanks for joining in the fun, Kerry. You are indeed a blogging pal. And I love these photos which I don’t think have had an outing in any of your other posts.

  3. “Serried ranks” show up in the Bible, Hebrews 12:1-2, in that instance “serried ranks of witnesses,” just to show off a bit. I especially like the serried ranks of plaids.

    • I wonder if the Bible is the first place I encountered the word? I did a fair amount of Bible reading in my younger days . . . And yes, the plaids were amazing–so varied in color and, yet, the tartan structure brought it all together.

    • Thanks, Pauline–that flag photo was the one that popped into my mind when I saw Margaret’s prompt and her photo of serried flags. Then I realized I had other serried ranks in my photos, too!

  4. I’ll say a new word! Very nice. A phrase from the TV version of OutlanderI like is when Jamie says “Dinna fash”. I probably wouldn’t fash with him around….Another one I like is thrawn. Scottish for someone who persists in being difficult and obstinate. I’m glad to be reading on my iPad when words like these come up.

    • Isn’t it fun to see those tartans in unexpected colors? I’ve never tried to weave a tartan–might be too structured and precise for my taste–have you?

      • Kerry, I have not woven a wool tartan nor any fabric resembling fabric from Ireland/Scotland. However, my first visit to Vavstuga was a day to try weaving on looms preset. We “drew straws” and I wove an beautiful spring table square in plaid. We had a “ribbon” to assist with the color changes, so it wasn’t that difficult, just time consuming and I had to work quickly to finish in time to drive to my afternoon flight home. Then in the immersion class, we created a plaid cottolin square/large napkin at the end of our dishcloth warps using the same ribbon measuring technique. Our blankets were to be plaid – mine awaits to be woven, it was the one project I took home for later. I’m hoping later is SOON. We also had the option to take our striped yardage and create a plaid for part of the material. I choose not too, but would have enjoyed doing so. I think if you are not in a hurry, you might enjoy a simple plaid/tartan.

  5. The kilts…all those bright colors made my day. I’ve always been a sucker for plaid! Now I have a new word to use…it is the perfect description for the Needles a local landmark here. What a fun post!

    • It is a very good word–and I was surprised a how many photos I have that fit it. The one of the flags came to mind first but then others kept popping out at me. I love those tartans, too–the whole day was eye candy.

    • We went to a Highland Games (much like our country fairs only with a Scottish flair!) and spent the whole day so we saw a ton of dancing and men in kilts (!) and impressive games, like tossing the caber. But those little girls dancing were my favorites. They were so small and so determined to remember the steps. Wish I could re-live the day!

  6. Love your photos, I always like it when things are neatly lined up. The flowers in the first picture are called ‘stick-roses’ in Dutch, but I prefer the English name much more!

    • I don’t know where I first came across the word either–probably in a book I was reading. But it’s a useful one! I love those kilts–that whole day was so memorable and fun.

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