As you know, this is my blog about my Scottish Tastes, (recipes and life) while living in Texas
So lets talk stereotypes, both Scottish and Texan for a minute
When I first came to Texas, a lot of people, (friends, family and strangers) would ask
"Are there real Cowboys in Texas"?
Its kinda like when people ask, "Does everyone in Scotland wear a kilt"?
There are times when you will go to Edinburgh or Glasgow or indeed any other City or Town in Scotland, and there is the Piper in his kilt on the street corner giving it laldy with his bagpipes, in his kilt no less
|Piper in Edinburgh|
|Pipers in Dunfermline|
|The Edinburgh Tattoo|
Another example of a kilt wearer amongst the general public is perhaps a Scottish man in his kilt walking down the street, on his way to a special event.
A crowd of Scottish lads in kilts on their way to a Scottish Football match or a Rugby match.
Indeed, any other special occasions like a wedding or on Hogmanay (New years Eve in Scotland)
|Football supporters in kilts|
|Scottish lads in kilts|
|The family at a family wedding in Scotland this year|
But the general Scottish population doesn't hang out in kilts, filling up their cars, walking in the park or shopping at the supermarket.
It's really more of a special occasion thing.
So back to Cowboys, are there cowboys is Texas????
Once in a while you will cross paths in a supermarket with a guy in the hat, belt, shirt, jeans and cowboy boots (no spurs sadly enough) oh and the gun, but that's a whole other conversation.
But every March, here where I live, the Rodeo comes to town.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is massive, it lasts about 3 weeks and is a great family event, many big country stars and mainstream bands play at the event.
There is the livestock show where breeders and kids alike show their livestock for 1st prize, the Rodeo Carnival is fun and then the actual Rodeo inside the Reliant Stadium is something to see.
So at this time of year its so different, almost everyone dresses 'Cowboy". And I love it.
Now you can tell the "just for the Rodeo" Cowboys....
Everyone makes such an effort in their own unique way
|Beer drinking hat wearer|
|Lady in Black|
|Crowd of various cowboy hat wearers|
|Matching pink bandanna's|
|Hey, how did Sir Scoffs-A-lot and Mr Tartantastes get on here?|
and then (swoon) there are the Real Cowboys.
|Real cowboys waiting to organise the Mutton busting|
|Real Cowboys hanging out|
The men who's lives are all about their passion and the art of Bull Riding, Steer Roping and the likes
The men who work hard, living on a farm in a small town somewhere, who turn up to Rodeo's all over the country to make a living.
The real Cowboys
So its Rodeo time right now in Houston. We have our tickets, we are going and I love it.
We will eat corn and corn dogs, popcorn, brisket, chili cheese fries and cotton candy you name it, we will eat it
|Cotton candy munching|
We will all dress "Cowboy" for a day and love every minute of it
If I have a favourite time of year for family or friends to come and visit us here in Texas
It's Houston Rodeo time
So why don't you mosey on over