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

We really 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.


ABC Jig (The) –  David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band – Silver Thistle Collection

Ailsa Craig

It is strange not to be out in the garden but it is cool – 10C – and a light rain, not a drizzle but more than spitting.  It is the first rain for quite a few days.  The paper reports that Vancouver has only had 4 mm of rain so far in April compared to a normal of 59.1 mm and Vancouver generally gets more precipitation than we do so you can gather it has been a very dry spring.  Year to date this year is 291 mm compared to normal 434 mm.

We have just finished a spell of warm sunny days with temperatures into the 20’s.  It was lovely but I hope it has not spurred us on to bringing our garden plants out to soon.  I wintered over some fuchsia baskets and have hung them outside and we have planted some bedding plants as well.  The garden looks good to our eyes and we may be the only ones able to enjoy it this year.


Auchindrain, Argyll and Bute


In these days of isolation who can resist a good song.

Sing like no one is listening

Arisaig at sunset


Ben Lomond


The other day I needed to go to the local NHS hospital but not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my blue jacket and pinned on a  plastic ID card that I had made off the Internet onto the front of my jacket.

When I went into the hospital, I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left. I guess they decided that they weren’t  that sick after all.  Cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

It also works at all supermarkets. It saves me hours.  At the  Laundry, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running!

Don’t try it at McDonald’s though….. The whole staff  disappeared and I never got my order !!!!!

Also………. never wear  it while trying to get a taxi!!   Here’s the patch. Feel free to use it the next time you’re in need of quicker emergency service.



Absolutely Amazing . . . and this was 10 years ago!!


Technology is getting so far ahead of the older generations that everything is literally “over our heads.”

Some serious engineering went in to this project.


Air, Strathspey & Reel medley – Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra – 20th Anniversary


English country garden

Rough Island near Rockcliffe, Dumfies Galloway


Some beautiful pictures – they are black and white but if you click on the picture ……..


Carsaig Bay, Mull

Protection of the penguins.

Now, if they only had a piper………………………………….(the Piper and the Penguin, eh?)


Qantas Airlines:   Repair Division

Remember, it takes a College Degree to fly a plane, but only a High School Diploma to fix one.

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘Gripe Sheet’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.      The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the Gripe Sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

 P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny……….. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

 And the best one for last……

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

Bannaminn Beach, Burra Isle, Shetland

American Engineering at its best back in the 1930’s.  We tend to think of the modern self-parking cars as being technologically advanced.  Modern engineers haven’t seen the 1934 Packard!

Fisherman’s Reel –  Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band – Fisherman’s Reel

Isle of Coll

It is nearly time to get the barbecue out.  I thought this might get you prepared!


The Grey Mares tail looking towards Moffat

I hope that many of you have had your jab by now, at least the first one.  If not please get it whenever you are eligible.  The more people that are vaccinated the sooner we can get back to dancing.  I have had mine and had no after effects and I did not feel a thing.

Keep masking up, obey whatever restrictions there are in your area and stay safe!

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

Duncan MacKenzie