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.
Last weekend a series of Outlander events took place in Vancouver, Canada where fans assembled to meet the honorable character Lord John Grey, played by David Berry, and the lively Gaelic specialist, Àdhamh Ó Broin. The intimate gathering was organized by Koko Pipkin, founder of Outlandish Vancouver, and her team. The three days included a list of activities where Outlander participantshad the opportunity to interact with the TV star and language consultant. The Outlander function, which also coincided with the Surrey International Writer’s Conference where Diana Gabaldon presented, began October 19th and ended on the 21st.
The festivities of Outlandish Vancouverbrought in people from Canada and the United States, providing a variety of options to choose: meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, panels, and hotel suite parties with David and Àdhamh. This extremely unique opportunity delivered the ultimate fan experience because of its small setting. It was, in my opinion, one of the most cherished Outlanderaffairs I have ever attended – I’m still on cloud nine!
Today, I would like to share with you what this group had to offer. Read on to see the timeline of sessions that guests were able to attend and a short description of each. I hope you have a chance to go to one of these functions in the future because my experience with David and Àdhamh was priceless.
With so many characters to admire and cherish within Outlander, there are bound to be certain journeys that you can’t wait to follow. To avid book readers, Lord John Grey has always been greatly respected for the integral role he plays within this series. We anxiously awaited being able to see the transformation of this well-loved literary role to really form. The imagery we each hold, created from countless hours reading the series and novellas, has truly come to life with the superb casting of David Berry.
Outlander’s global community is one of the joys of this fandom, enabling the formation of new found connections to fan-bases around the world. This is something for which we are absolutely most grateful.
“All because she wrote a book.”
As we form these new relationships, it is natural to share any new knowledge regarding hints to the storyline, filming information, or even the opportunities to meet the cast themselves. It is wonderful to support our fellow fans and live vicariously through their experiences, helping to make droughtlander a bit more easier to bare.
“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belongs to no man and to no city. She knows nothing of borders and invents her own rules and customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” ― Roman Payne
When we read this quote, our minds immediately thought of Claire Fraser. Although a fictional character, she is brought to life by the level of emotional depth that rivals reality. It is rare to feel that level of connection. The ability to directly identify to the emotions experienced during moments of success or life’s trials is perhaps what cements the bond to the Outlander series. That is the true power of this series – the story becomes personal. We can relate to each character in some form and become emotionally vested. In our case, it led to re-reading the series again to recapture details that we may have missed and relive the joy of following this timeless story. Voyager will bring trials, adventures, and affirm relationships. A new beginning that can only take place with the introduction of new characters.
New casting only adds to our enthusiasm, making our anticipation for Season 3 even stronger! In this blog we will explore the newest roles being brought to life this season, our interpretation of their character descriptions based on the book series, and most of all, what we look forward to in the future. Perhaps, you may even be interested in the trivia at the end of the blog to test your own Outlander knowledge. ♥
Before reading on, please be aware: new characters are being discussed, so if you don’t want any chance of spoilers, heed with caution….
What he didn’t know was what had possessed Fraser to make the accusasion now, and in such a public manner. He got up, used the pot, then splashed water from the ewer over his face and, tilting the pitcher, drank most of the rest. It was nearly evening; his room was growing dark, and he could smell the luscious scents of tea pouring downstairs; fried sardines, fresh buttered crumpets, lemon sponge, cucumber sandwiches, sliced ham. He swallowed, suddenly ravenous.
-Lord John Grey
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 30
Lemon cake is a perfect addition to a spring or summer meal. It was my father’s favorite, and I always made a point to make it for him on his birthday or any special occasion. My mum and I found a simple, homemade recipe in her collection that is incredibly easy to bake. Once again, seizing the opportunity, my daughter took charge of the recipe to create a delicious dessert that is bound to be loved by everyone.
“That’s verra strong-smelling stuff, Sassenach, ” Jaime observed, during one of his brief visits to the taproom. “What is it?”
“Fresh ginger, ” I answered, holding up the remains of the root I was grating. “It’s the thing most of my herbals say is the best for nausea.”
“Oh, aye?” He picked up the bowl, sniffed at the contents, and sneezed explosively, to the vast amusement of the onlookers. I snatched back the bowl before he could spill it.
“You don’t take it like snuff,” I said. “You drink it in tea. And I hope to heaven it works, because if it doesn’t, we’ll be scooping you out of the bilges, if bilges are what I think they are.”
Voyager. We Set Sail, Chapter 41, page 632.
Season 3 of Outlander will be epic. It will be an adaption of Voyager, the third book in the Diana Gabaldon book series. Voyager is one of my favorite books and I am not ashamed to say that I am on my fourth reread. As I patiently await Season 3, I have found another perfect escape to relive the adventures of Jaime and Claire on the high seas. The San Diego Maritime Museum is the perfect place to experience and learn about the ships used in the 18th century. Continue reading On the High Seas with Voyager→