Today – just one day after her Diamond Wedding Anniversary – one of Algy’s oldest friends celebrates her 85th birthday. So despite the brisk wind which made his hair stand quite on end, Algy went in search of some bonnie heather, to bring her luck and wish her a very Happy Birthday xx

He also sang a song for her, Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes, by Robert Burns. The chorus goes like this:

           Ca’ the yowes to the knowes,
           Ca’ them where the heather grows
           Ca’ them where the burnie rows,
                My bonnie dearie.

If you like traditional Scottish music, listen to this version sung by the contemporary Scottish folk singer Andy M. Stewart.

{Note: Burns wrote in Scots, the language of the Scottish lowlands.}