near Aird of Sleat

Scottish Country dance classes will be starting 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 January 27 – that is 1 week away – 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.

J.B. Milne         Alistair Fraser & Muriel Johnstone           Just as it Was 3

🤢“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” – Andy Rooney.

🤢“The older I get, the better I used to be.” – Lee Trevino, Professional Golfer.

🤢“Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere.” – George Burns.

🤢“The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. – Mark Twain.


Wee Robin at Slioch Loch Maree

I am a wimp!  There was/is nothing cracked or broken just badly bruised and it is easing up so it does not hurt much.  I am even dancing – well walking as I haven’t been able to dance for a long time – so nothing to worry about.  I have found where the snow shovel is but I am forbidden to use it – not that we have had any snow since Christmas.

It is back to school and the morning taxi service.  Arsenii and Kira are good and are ready by 8:10 every morning that is if Arsenii does not cycle to school which he does most mornings.

It is time to get ready for the Ceilidh Dance on January 27 and the Burns Supper on the 28th – over 160 will be attending the Burns Supper so that is excellent.  I have a great committee who do all the work while I just sit and organize.  It would be great if there is a large attendance at the Ceilidh dance too.

winter scene across Loch Tulla to the Black Mount and Glen Etive mountains


I can’t remember if I have shown this before but …….

Every choir needs a conductor



🤢“Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it.” – Golda Meir.

🤢“Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” – Robert Orben.

🤢“You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you’re actually not that tired.” – Robert Brault.

🤢“At my age, flowers scare me.” – George Burns.


The 2023 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

January 27
February 24
March 31
April 28
September 29
October 27
November 24

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.

Last month’s dance was very well attended with 76 dancers having a great time.  It would be great if we had another large attendance on January 27 to get the New Year off on the right foot (or is that the left one?).  So we need your help to spread the word – see what you can do to drum up some business for us.


What better dish than lung of sheep,
Wi’ tatties mashed and champit neep
To give this Ayrshire man a thrill?
His hurdies like a distant hill !

A well kept secret lost to time
Was Rabbie’s love o’ Tonic Wine,
So those among you feeling plucky
Splash yer haggis wi’ yer Buckie!

Ross Lennox     Ayrshire

Isle of Arran

A film crew was filming in the highlands when an old Gaelic seer came hobbling by. “Tomorrow rain,” he informed them and hobbled on. Sure enough it rained the very next day. Again he hobbled past: “Tomorrow sunshine,” he let them know, and it was indeed a fine sunny day the next day.

The director was mighty impressed and got the crew to hire him and every day the wise old sage predicted accurately what the weather would be. But after a couple of weeks the old man didn’t show up and eventually the director found him in a bothy.

“Hey, we need your predictions, why why aren’t you showing up?” “Radio broken,” the old man replied.


Stretching exercise



Scalloway Fire Festival, Shetland


                HOW I LOST MY TEETH          

I was in the Texas Rose last night, at the bar waiting for a beer, when a butt-ugly, big old heifer (a girl) came up behind me, and slapped me on the butt.

She said, “Hey sexy, how about giving me your number.”

I looked at her and said, ”Have you got a pen?”

She said, “I sure do.”

I said, “ Well, you better get back in it before the farmer notices you’re missing.”

My dental surgery is on Monday.


Very interesting

Isle of Arran




Here is another tune;

Jaunty Jack            David Cunningham         Silver Collection

Findochty Harbour.

What goes uphill with 3 legs?

A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.

So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun ….”I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00,” he says.

This catches the senior’s attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?”

The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the senior’s turn. He asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?”

The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he can find on the Net.

He sends  E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up..

He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, “Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?”

The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

You know you’re going to send this one on.

Don’t mess with seniors!


The Age old question – Which came first – the chicken or the egg?


So true —

Paddy texts his wife… 

“Mary, I’m just having one more pint with the lads.  

If I’m not back in 20 minutes, read this message again.”



Medical Fact …

I haven’t verified this on Snopes,  but it sounds legit…

A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight 
live  longer than the men who mention it.

Pentlands National Park
and another great tune
 Jazz Twinkle            Marian Anderson & her Band               St. Bernard’s Waltz

Mural in Govan, Glasgow

Stoer Lighthouse near Lochinver


NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, January 27, 2023 
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