Hello and welcome to the 'Scottish At Heart' website. We're so glad you found us.
We're a mom-and-daughter team, Sue (mom) and Annie (daughter), and this website is a labor of love. We really hope you have as much fun reading it as we have creating it.
The photo above shows our family stopping for a snack at a little tea-room near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
We're definitely not expert photographers, but the mist and clouds on the mountainside give you a feel for the place!
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and all my relatives are Scottish as far back as you can go.
That is, save for one lone Irishman, who adds a little extra 'flavor' to the family tree.
Although I've lived all over the place (including many areas of England, Canada and now the United States), I'm very much Scottish at heart - as is every Scot I've ever met.
My mom proves this point well, as she's spent the last 50 years living outside of Scotland, but one note of 'Scotland The Brave' played on the bagpipes and she's whirling and 'whee-ing' with the best of them.
Although I was born 'south of the border' (aka in England!), I'm most definitely Scottish at heart.
My family moved to the United States when I was around nine years old, and I'm currently at university studying art.
Even with the distance I think that my longing for my familys' homeland has grown stronger and made me even more proud of where we come from.
The sound of the bagpipes still sends chills down my spine and a photo of that beautiful Scottish scenery is paint to my canvas
I love the country I live in, but there is no place like home!
I hope that we're able to do Scotland justice through our website and help you to experience this amazing country for yourself!
This poem expresses how it feels to be a Scot, and it's written by Sue's sister....
Why is it that my heart stirs
When I hear the bagpipes play?
Why do I feel Scotland is my home
When I live so far away?
Why do I feel a sense of pride
When I see the Saltire fly?
Although it may seem strange to you
Perhaps I can tell you why.
When you are born of Scottish blood
Something strange seems to take place
As if a seed is planted within you
Which makes you fiercely proud of your race.
This Scottish patriotism never dies
And in your soul it always remains
Because Scotland is as much a part of you
As the blood flowing through your veins.
Copyright 2010 S Mortazavi
We're having a lot of fun building this website and sharing our 'insider' information, tips and experiences - and we really want you to get a 'feel' for Scotland through our pages.
Whether you're looking for Scottish recipes; want to learn more about Scotlands' history, traditions or culture; find out what Scottish weather is like; pick out a Scottish name for your baby; or just about anything else - we hope you'll find what you need right here!
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