Burns Night Door Knob Saltire

Burns Night Door Knob Saltire

With tonight’s celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, we thought we’d pay homage to the Saltire – the famous Scottish flag – with a montage of some of our blue and white ceramic knobs.  I have been reading some of Burns’ most famous poems and these words of wisdom took my eye:

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us

To see oursels as ithers see us!”

They are taken from a hilarious poem called To a Louse – the narrator notices an upper class lady in church, with a louse that is roving, unnoticed by her, around her bonnet. The poet chastises the louse for not realising how important his host is, and then reflects that, to a louse, we are all equal prey, and that we would be disabused of our pretensions if we were able to see ourselves through each other’s eyes. I love the irony.