Every year we look forward to watching the Golden Globe Awards. Watching favorite stars honored for their performances in film and television is enthralling. For a moment, the nominees can be seen beyond the characters they portray through candid interviews that discuss their perspectives or personal reflections on their achievements, as well as those of their peers. It is exciting to celebrate the artists that unite cinematography, music, and storytelling to enable audiences to feel inspired, incite dialog, or even expand the imagination. This year, the 75th Golden Globe Awards had greater meaning to us at Timeless Sass3nach Journeys. Caitriona Balfe, our favorite actress, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in a Television Series.
I don’t need to tell you that we at Timeless Sass3nach Journeys are HUGE Outlander fans; that would be like telling you we need oxygen to breathe. Yet it still amazes me how much these books and TV series have inspired artistic creativity, motivation to follow dreams, and the generation of powerful relations. The Outlander force is immense and continues to be strong with us and the fandom.
With the break for season 4, the momentum has not slowed down one bit. In fact, as the series continues, more and more fans (like us) find ways to connect with the books and TV show. Whether it’s through gatherings or meet-ups, we go through extreme lengths to experience Outlander – even if it means traveling great distances, taking time off our professional careers, or reorganizing our personal and family calendars. We simply do it. One such special occasion was attending the Outlandish Vancouver party where I met David Berry! In today’s post, I will share one of my most memorable moments of this Outlander MANIA: meeting David Berry.
When traveling, we often tend to find some type of connection to Outlander. The hustle and bustle of New York City doesn’t sound like the type of environment where Jamie and Claire would come to mind, but it does when there’s Barbour and The High Line.
Lady K was traveling with family when the opportunity to visit a Barbour store to see Sam’s new collection arose. The unexpected walk along The High Line created a mental link with Claire. Here, we share her Outlandish New York Minute.
Hogmanay has been the historical New Year celebration in Scotland. For some time, it was really the only way the Scottish could celebrate with gift-giving and festivities in the winter since 1583 when the Presbyterian Church began discouraging Christmas, claiming it had no basis in the Bible. Due to the Protestant Reformation in 1647, Christmas was banned for over 300 years! In 1958 Parliament named Christmas a national holiday. Today, Hogmanay is still celebrated from December 31 through January 2.
In this blog, we’d like to share five basic historical Hogmanay traditions with you.
At Timeless Sass3nach Journeys, we embrace the sisterhood that accompanies this fabulous novel, Outlander, and when the three of us reflect upon our friendship, it still surprises us how close we have become. The connection to the book series has produced sparks that ignite long lasting relations. We have never experienced anything like it: women celebrating one another, honoring our cherished female roles as wives and mothers, and embracing our own power. We definitely identify with Diana Gabaldon’s character Claire Fraser (strong-willed, compassionate, feisty, and a relentless supporter of loved ones) and undeniably hold her essence within our hearts. The three of us are family and certainly feel fortunate to have such a long-lasting bond with one another.
Through Outlander, we continue to recognize the camaraderie developed. It’s a natural thing to reflect upon our blessings, especially during this holiday season. We are lucky to live in sunny San Diego and to be surrounded by others who love Diana Gabaldon and the show. So in today’s blog, we share our celebration of friendship through San Diego’s Holiday Gift and Ornament Exchange Party. It has become an annual event, making it the group’s 3rd one.
Finally, Quinn was obliged to draw breath, giving Jamie the chance to stick a word in edgewise.
“No,” he said definitely. “Not for all the tea in China.”
Quinn’s long face creased in puzzlement. “China? What’s China got to do with it, for all love?”
Ah. Another of Claire’s sayings, then. He tried again. “I mean I will not try to persuade my uncle Alexander to pry this thing out of FitzGibbons’s hands.”
-Jamie & Quinn
-The Scottish Prisoner, byDiana Gabaldon, Chapter 3
Who doesn’t love the wealth of sayings that are elicited from Claire Randall Fraser during moments of frustration, passion, or to share points of humor? Better yet, we love it even more when Jamie attempts to utilize her quick responses and statements as his own, such as this one found in The Scottish Prisoner. Isn’t it remarkable to think about how a literary character can become so appreciated and admired by avid readers and series audiences alike? With Diana Gabaldon’s poetic words and the Starz team’s uncanny ability to capture the best qualities of these beloved personalities, there is cause for so much celebration! To honor one of our favorite heroines, we have chosen to revel in the gallant nature that comprises Claire Randall Fraser in order to celebrate her strength, ingenuity, compassion, and dedication to her family. As mothers and wives, we can certainly relate to her on many levels – particularly in providing and caring for those we each hold most dear to us. It is the personal connection Jamie and Claire have to each other and their family that reminds us that there will always be this shared perspective that continues to link the 18th and 21st century:
“If you have the love of family, a few dear friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head – you are richer than you think.”
As we enjoy the magic of this holiday season, why not try one of our favorite recipes that is guaranteed to bring your entire family or dearest friends to your own hearth. Preparing the table in traditional holiday fashion will bring your own clan closer together, just as Claire and Jamie often did for theirs. This particular recipe is a family favorite that was found hidden in my mum’s collection. Baking is a favorite past time for us and always brings us closer together across generations. We have made these scones on many occasions and they never disappoint!
Droughtlander takes its toll on each and every Outlander fan. We scramble around finding books, shows, and events to fill the void while awaiting a new season. As Voyager comes to an end, we find ourselves in the doldrums, like Claire and Jamie, without our weekly episodes.
Often times, we search for a reprieve from these long never-ending months seeking anything Scottish, especially something historical. In our quest to find some sort of diversion, an opportunity arose for us to dive back in time to the era of Robert the Bruce with a novel entitled The Spider and the Stone.
Let us take you there with our review of this story…
“Life is a one ticket journey, and we do not all need to follow the same path. Be kind to others who wish to create a new one.”
– Clare Campbell, Prickly Thistle
We at Sass3 passionately believe in leaders who have an innovative idea to create change within their local communities. Yet, sometimes, we are lucky enough to meet pacesetters or pioneers who have greater goals and higher purposes to use their vision to spark change well beyond their borders. When we think of these qualities, there is one particular person that immediately comes to our minds – Clare Campbell, the founder of the tartan and textile company Prickly Thistle. We are proud to present her story through our most recent interview where we discussed her passion to forge changes in the tartan industry by establishing The Black House Mill Project and her journey to create the most authentic tartans in the world.
Clare Campbell embodies strength and courage, becoming a trailblazer for transformation in her industry. Come and learn about her campaign, synonymous to a modern day uprising, to support this important endeavor of bringing authentic tartan production back to its roots in the spiritual and majestic Highlands of Scotland.
We never would have predicted the beauty and diversity we would encounter on our last visit to this beautiful country, Canada! Our prior travels have brought us here before, but somehow this trip felt different. This visit was a welcomed escape from our usual Southern California heat. We enjoyed the ability to experience Vancouver’s physical change in seasons, while also being greeted by fresh mountain air and the splendor of the colorful landscape. From the breathtaking hues of red, yellow, and gold found in the autumn trees to the mountains that made their presence known on clearer days, we each immediately felt serenity being in this magnificent country.
This time of year is full of activity – shopping, Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday mayhem, cooking, and baking. It’s an extremely busy holiday with very little downtime, and we know you can relate. However, as Thanksgiving approaches, we ponder upon things for which we are grateful: family, friendship, our passion, and our health. Our year has been fortunate so, in today’s blog, Sass3 would like to express gratitude for all that we have accomplished, especially through Outlander!