The Ceilidh dances are cancelled for the rest of the season due to the threat of Covid 19, the restrictions that still exist and the slow vaccination rate.

We hope to start again in the fall of 2021, possibly Friday, September 24.  Updates will be announced as soon as there is definite news.  I shall try to continue with these newsletters to keep you informed.

Fight About the Fireside – 8 x 32 R  – Don Bartlett and the Scotians –  In Triumph


Thanks for the many e-mails you sent with good wishes – they are much appreciated.  They prove that at least some people are enjoying the newsletters from as far as Australia and England.  Some even included some jokes etc.

Port Appin

This movie has won the Oscar for the best animated movie. It’s duration is only 3 min….  See how life can change when our perception changes. An outstanding movie!!!


I had 2 yards of soil delivered and got my grandson and his friend to spread it round the garden,  They did that in 3 hours which was amazingly fast and just in time as there are a lot of shoots coming up.  The front yard looks great now but I could do with another yard or two for the back.

I cleared a lot of cedar droppings and other leaves at the back which is shaded by many very tall cedars.  Not much sunlight gets through but we do get patches here and there when the sun shines, not often here in January.  We have a few areas where we try and grow some flowers and the rest is full of ferns, hostas and many weeds.

No one asked about the bamboo garden stakes so I’ll bundle them up and put them on the street where everything that is useful disappears.  If you want some you better contact me soon.

Our little Burns zoom went well and Margaret’s talk was well received.  We also had a zoom get together of the White Rock SCD club and  it was great to see many of the members.


Tae a Virus

Eight months ago, we didna ken
Yer name or ocht aboot ye;
But lots o’ things have changed since then,
Ah really must salute ye.
Yer spreading rate is quite intense,
Yer feedin’ like a gannet.
Disruption caused is so immense,
Ye’ve shaken oor wee planet
Corona used tae be a beer,
They garnished it wi’ limes
But noo it’s filled us a’ wi’ fear
These days are scary times.
Nae shakin’ han’s, or peckin’ lips
It’s whit they a’ advise
But scrub them weel, richt tae the tips,
That’s hoo we’ll a’ survive.
Just stay inside the hoose, ye bide,
Nae sneakin’ oot for strolls
Just check the lavvy every hoor
And stock up your loo rolls
Oor holidays have been pit aff
Noo that’s the Jet2 Patter
Pit oan yer thermals, hae’ a laugh
And paddle “doon the watter”
Canary Isles?  No for a while
Nae need for suntan cream.
And a’because o’ this wee bug
We ken tae be …19
The boredom surely will set in
But hae a read, or doodle
Or plan yer menu for the month
Wi 95 pot noodles
When they run oot, just look aboot
A change, it would be nice.
We’ve beans and pasta by the ton
And twenty stane o’ rice
So dinny think ye’ll wipe us oot
Aye, true, a few have died –
Bubonic ,bird flu, and TB
They came they left, they tried.
Ye might be gallus noo, ma freend
As ye jump frae cup tae cup
But when we get oor vaccine made
Yer number will be up!!!

Author unknown to me

Suilven from Stac Pollaidh

Man gives up sex for Golf!

A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend, who is ahead by a couple of strokes.  “Boy, I’d give anything to sink this putt,” the golfer mumbles to himself.  Just then, a stranger walks up beside him and whispers, “Would you be willing to give up one-fourth of your sex life?”  Thinking the man is crazy and his answer will be meaningless, the golfer also feels that maybe this is a good omen, so he says, “Sure,” and sinks the putt.

Two holes later, he mumbles to himself again, “Gee, I sure would like to get a birdie on this one.”  The same stranger is at his side again and whispers, “Would it be worth giving up another fourth of your sex life?”  Shrugging, the golfer replies, “Okay.” And he makes his birdie.

On the final hole, the golfer needs an eagle to win.  Without waiting for him to say anything, the stranger quickly moves to his side and says, “Would winning this match be worth giving up the rest of your sex life?”  “Definitely,” the golfer replies, and he makes the eagle.

As the golfer is walking to the club house, the stranger walks alongside him and says, “I haven’t really been fair with you because you don’t know who I am.  I am Satan, and from this day forward you will have no sex life.”

“Nice to meet you, “the golfer replies, “I’m Father O’Malley.”

A view of the Cuillins


A memory from when Democrats and Republicans were civil to each other!

Juggler —- This is hilarious!!!!! If you do nothing else today, watch this video. It is excellent, clean comedy. The best part is watching Tip O’Neil and Ronald Reagan laugh together – also the prank he plays on Jim Baker is good stuff! (But who is the sour puss behind Baker to his right?) Remember how politicians acted in classier days!


Stirling cemetery rooftops in snow


roadblock on Pentland Rd., Lewis

Hebridean Weaving Lilt – Rob Gordon And His Band –  Complete Caledonian Ball


Stirling University campus


This is the clearest and most concise demonstration of this critical “infomercial” on a vital piece to add to our lexicon of “how can I help!” information!

This short video is the best demonstration and explanation of a new and less complicated CPR method invented by the doctors at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. It is based simply on keeping the blood moving from the heart to the brain. If someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack, you could very well save their life. Alternatively, someone you share this video with may save yours.


Clashnessie waterfall


Try this, you will be amazed!! (On a tile surface)

Clever Way to Test Batteries


Findhorn Bay


A thoughtful Scottish Husband was putting his coat and hat on to make his way down to the local pub,

He turned to his wee wife before leaving and said, ‘ Heather – put your hat and coat on, lassie.’

She replied, ‘Awe Jock that’s nice – are you taking me tae the pub with you? ‘

‘Nay,’ Jock replied ‘I’m turning the heat off while I’m out.’


Loch Duich & 5 Sisters of Kintail


Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link. Sound on, full screen:

A kid got bored while his parents shopped in Costco until he found this piano. What a joy to watch!

Click Here:


This is brilliant.. turn up the sound and enjoy.

Are you a Scot? Love dogs? Dancing? Pipes?



This is amazing and just goes to say, “Keep moving!”

Spectacular Salsa – Paddy & Nico

Feast your ears!

Glass Harp


something unusual unusual elegant


NO idea how it was filmed, but it’s sure great to Watch !!!!


Dinnae be feart . . . gie it a wee try!!!

Quiz: How Scottish are you?


A good Irish one!

and another one


This is a great commercial from ……………


Babies tasting lemon for the first time…


Job interview??


Budweiser Does It Again!


Loch Lubnaig

Father Connelly’s Jig  – Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band – Highlander Scottish Dances Vol 12

ll events have been cancelled or postponed but you should check first.  Check up on your neighbours, friends and those in need.  A kind word will help their troubles, maybe some home made soup or baking?  There is much to be thankful for and we are blessed.  I hope you are all well and if not get better soon.  I would love to hear from you – drop me a line at



It is great to hear from you – thanks to all who sent me e-mails telling me of yourselves and how you are coping.

Hope this newsletter brings a smile to some faces.  Please forward it to all your friends.

View from Lochnagar

Your vaccination is coming – sometime – maybe this year – but it is coming!  

The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1,000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.

Many people had tried over time: weightlifters, dockers, etc., but nobody could do it.

One day, this scrawny little fellow came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a small voice, “I’d like to try the bet.”

After the laughter had died down, the bartender said, “OK”; grabbed the lemon; and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little fellow. But the Crowd’s laughter turned to total silence…. as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon…. and six drops fell into the glass.

As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1,000, and asked the little man: “What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?”

The little fellow quietly replied: “I work for the Canadian Taxation Office” 

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

Duncan MacKenzie