Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival Feb. 24, 2024

2024 is off to a roaring start with the Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival. Who doesn’t love the sound of the Bagpipes, the Celtic Shopping and the delightful watching of the Games with all the friendly competition! The Scottish Games are a wonderful family friendly event to attend. We hope to see you. Come visit us, Lords of the Seas!

Lords of the Seas loves SOCKS…or…Socks Rock!

Have you seen our newest sock offerings that extend from kilt hose, Fairisle Norse patterns or fashionnable stripy socks! We are pleased to be working with the finest sock company in Scotland! The House of Cheviot! Check out our Mens and Womens socks…you’ll love them. And by the way, they make perfect gifts that look so rich but are actually quite reasonable. It’s a win-win all the way around!

We are beginning to Blog…

Hello All:  We are beginning our Blogs since we have so many things to say and share!  The Scottish Games and Festivals season is slowing down so we can begin to think about the 2023 year and what needs to be done.

However, as we reflect on this year, there are so many stories of what has happened to many people during 2022.  Some stories make you laugh, some are sad and some are tragic.  Above all, though, it is good to be able to share stories with each other as we add another year to life’s experiences.

Lords of the Seas is committed to bringing you the finest items and the newest trends.  We, however, appreciate the history of what items we sell, and are constantly learning and hoping that we share our learning with you.  That’s what it really is about…sharing knowledge with each other.  So when we find items of interest, we will post them.  Slainte Mhath for the Celts and Skal for the Scandinavians!

Harris Tweed Poem

Finding Inspiration
It is good to know we are not the only ones who dream about our very own Harris Tweed® cloth design! Beth Spallanzani from Bristol – one of our Facebook followers – was inspired by our posts to write a poem imagining a tweed named after herself.

What’s in a name? Designing the Spallanzani Tweed

The turquoise sea and the blue of the sky
And the sand as white as the clouds in the sky
Are bringing last summer back into the room
Whilst creating the warp on the loom.

Inspired by a Harris Tweed® picture online,
Could I find a new weave that’s exclusively mine?
Should the weft be bright yellow, or camel or grey,
Like sunshine, or pebbles or puddles of clay?

Now my surname’s from Italy – not much wool there,
Thought they’re famous for flair and design,
But could it be closer to Harris than Rome
If the parts of my name are untwined?

“Spal” is the shuttle which flies to and fro,
And the start of my name, that you know,
“Lana” in Gaelic – maybe ‘pride’ or ‘replete’?
In Italian, strangely, it means wool!

The last part is harder – the Gaelic for “Zani”
Or “San” is a challenge – ’tis a fact,
But with summer bright colours criss-crossing my tweed,
“Zani” / zany – my design will be just that!

Feast of Juul

Lords of the Seas Festival Booth to sell our Irish and Scottish tartan products such as hats, pins, and woolens

Feast of Juul

The Feast of Juul was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the December solstice. Fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light and life-giving properties of the returning sun. A Yule or Juul log was brought in and burned on the hearth in honor of the Scandinavian god Thor.

A piece of the log was kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year’s log. In England, Germany, France and other European countries, the Yule log was burned until nothing but ash remained. The ashes were then collected and either strewn on the fields as fertilizer every night until Twelfth Night or kept as a charm and or as medicine.

Stormy sky in France.In the French countryside, like here in Provance, peasants used ask to would protect their house against thunder and lightning.© Sergey

French peasants believed that if the ashes were kept under the bed, they would protect the house against thunder and lightning. The present-day custom of lighting a Yule log at Christmas is believed to have originated in the bonfires associated with the feast of Juul.

Dayton Celtic Festival

Lords of the Seas is  heading to the Dayton Celtic Festival in Dayton, Ohio this coming weekend, July 29-31, 2016.  What a Festival this will be!  Incredible music…check out Gaelic Storm on YouTube with their song Johnny Jump Up!

One of our main purposes at the Festival is to help the Irish and Scottish attendees become aware of their Tartan if you currently  don’t know your Tartan.  We Celts have Tartans, our plaids!  Stop by Lords of the Seas Tent and we will help you determine who you are!!!

Our next posting will have our banner picture so you can find us at the Festival!  Don’t miss this Festival!


Scandinavian Folk Festival

The Scandinavian Folk Festival occurred on Sunday, July 17th at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds, in Gerry, NY.  It was awesome to celebrate your Nordic Heritage with Danes, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Estonians,  I’m not sure if there were Icelanders attending.

Lots of fun for the family, with Children’s Crafts, Adult Craft instructional lessons of Nordic Art and woodcarving, the Viking Ship Replica, The Dance Band from Sweden, Donnez, Toronto Swedish Folk Dancers, Jamestown’s local Swedish Group, Svenska Spelman and so many more things.

My Favorite shopping is at Mormor’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic) where one can find so many Scandinavian treasures!

And who knows the story about Nils, the Gooseboy?  Here’s a picture of what Nils probably looked like!!!  You can Google The Wonderful Adventures of Nils at (for Anime) or You Tube Nils Holgersson Episode 1 (created by French animation)

Celebrating the joy of Summer?



Celebrating the joy of Summer?  Come to the Dundee Scottish Festival in Dundee, NY this Saturday, June 16th.

We wait so long for this warm weather and warm sun!  Our flower garlands remind us of the season of growth and the natural, colorful beauty of Mother Nature via her flowers!  We offer US made flower garlands suitable for adults and children who like flowers in their hair and the freeing spirit of Summer.

At the Dundee Scottish Festival, we will see if we can take pictures of all those who wear flowers in their hair!   And come see and hear the joyous strains of the Scottish bagpipes from the 96th Highlanders Pipe’s and Drums!  Come visit us at the Lords of the Seas Tent.  Slainte!

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