Ben Cruachans reflection on Loch Tromlee

Scottish Country dance classes have started up again so check which classes fit your schedule and come along – many first nights are free – check out the new beginner class on the North Shore.

Do not forget the Ceilidh Dance on Friday October 28 (that is a week on Friday) in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  There is a free class at 7 pm then the dance follows from 8 – 10:30 pm with live music by Calanais.  All easy dances that are taught and called and everyone has lots of fun and great exercise.  Tell your friends and make it an outing – it only costs $15 ($10 for students) and there are refreshments (including cider & beer) for a donation.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the fun.

Here is some cheery upbeat Scottish Dance music to enjoy.

City LIghts                  Jim Lindsay & his Band                           RSCDS book 52

gorgeous mountain view from Arran

The weather continues to be amazing with sun most days and quite warm too though you notice the difference when the sun goes down.  It has been well above the average temperature for this time of year but the lack of rain – we have had none for weeks – is causing drought conditions and we are asked to conserve as much water as possible.

Our Ukrainian family are gradually getting settled into our home, schools and BC.  Kira (nearly 8) is in grade 3 is very shy but gradually coming out of her shell and was on a pumpkin farm trip with her class.  Arsenii (14) passed his English assessment with flying colours and has entered a math quiz.  Hanna – mother – still struggles with English and either uses google translation or Arsenii.   I gather they talk regularly with their father who is still in Ukraine) and they were very worried, naturally, when they heard that their city was hit by rockets but, thankfully, no one they knew was killed or injured.  It was still very upsetting for everyone.

The wedding photographer

In Merry Old England


The 2022/23 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

October 28 (1 week on Friday)
November 25
January 27
February 24
March 31
April 28

Mark your calendars now!

The dances will be will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  The class will be held in the large hall from 7:00 – 7:45 then we will all exit to give the band a chance for a sound check etc. and the dance class will run from 8:00 – 10:30 with live music by Calanais.  Alison will continue to be your teacher/caller so you are guaranteed to have a great evening.  No change to the admission – still $15 with students $10.

Help us spread the word – I am not into social media but I am sure somebody can promote the Ceilidh Dance(s) there for me especially out at the Colleges and Universities.  Tell all your friends to come along – it really is a fun (and cheap!) evening.


In China, there is a glass bridge where they have installed a digital screen in the middle which ‘plays’ fake cracks.  An absolute nightmare for unknowing users!



Duchess park in Motherwell.

A WOMAN was flying from Seattle to San Francisco.  Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way.  The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind.  The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Guide dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.

He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, ‘Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour.  Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?’  The blind lady replied, ‘No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs.’

Picture this:

All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Guide dog!  The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.  People scattered.

They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!


looking into the Ochil Hills Fishcross Alloa.


Some Good Advice

His request approved, the Bulletin Newspaper photographer quickly used his mobile phone to
call the Townsville airport to charter a flight.   He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, ‘Let’s go’.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, ‘Fly over Mount Stuart and make
low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.’

‘Why?’ asked the pilot.

‘Because I’m a photographer for the Bulletin’ he responded,’ and I need to get some close up shots.’

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, ‘So, what you’re telling me,
is . . .. You’re NOT my flight instructor?’



Why do bees stay in their hives during winter?  Swarm.


Here is another tune;

City of Belfast      Marian Anderson & her Band          Belfast Diamond Jubilee

St. Andrews harbour






The spectacular colours of the buildings and the light and reflection of the sunset over Edinburghs canal.
and another great tune
City of Stirling      Glencraig Scottish Country dance Band     Stirling at 90



Two good renditions of a well known song (tune)

great panorama from the hilltop at Kilmichael Glassery Lochgilphead


Bridge of Orchy on a cloudy wet morning. 


NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, October 28, 2022 which is just over a week away!!  Get busy and alert all your friends and acquaintances.
Hope to see many of you there.


May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

Duncan MacKenzie