The Ceilidh dances were cancelled for the 2020/21 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.


McDonald Saunter  – 5 x 32 Reel  Muriel Johnstone’s SD Band – Dances with a Difference

Anstruther harbour

We have had very few miserable, wet days here near White Rock, B.C. and so I have been loathe to spend a day sitting at the computer.  Today started off with a shower so I thought I would get my walk in before it rained again.  It was still threatening to rain when I returned and so I thought I would at least make a start.  It has been a while and I had to phone Paul to get him to remind me how to get started.  Paul is great, he is not like others but takes his time and waits while I perform the forgotten task.  Thanks, Paul, again for your help and here’s hoping Janice gets better soon.

I, we, cleaned the easy to reach gutters – I have hired a company to come and clean the others – and we also stained the wooden decks with a water sealer and that was after power washing them.  The sealer instructions said after washing to leave for 48 hours for the deck to dry before application and not to apply if rain was forecast in the next 48 hours.  That meant we needed 5 days in a row without any rain.  So believing the forecast we started but we had a shower on the morning of the 5th day.  I think it will be OK – it will have to be!

We have some large planters on the back deck so they were move into one area while the rest was treated then move back 48 hours later and that bit treated.  The rain now beads on the deck and has to be brushed or blown in order to get them to dry faster.  It is glorious sunshine outside now without a cloud in sight.  I should get changed into my garden scuffs but I am too lazy so I will just go and sit in the sunshine and come back to this later.


You may want to come back to this later as it is over an hour long but it is worth it to hear Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent.  It is a repeat of a BBC Programme “Take the Floor.”  Thanks to Mairi for sending me the link.

Here is the Link


Auchindrain, Argyll and Bute

With thanks to Ed & Jean

These shoes would be useful at the TAC Summer School which will take place virtually.  All of the details can be found on the TAC website under the link:                       

I am finishing this a few days later after power washing the concrete driveway, doing some weeding, just enjoying looking at the garden and the sunshine.  Today it is cloudy and a bit cool so what better thing to do than sit in front of my computer for 2 hours or more?  Hope you all get a laugh or two or even a smile would make it all worth while.  Thanks to the many donors most of whom are not mentioned by name but to whom I am most grateful.


Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t  you say?

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune recently and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day. 

I just couldn’t help but send this along. Too funny. 
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
 No really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that’s taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy! 

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

 If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide 
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren’t they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

 Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is…. 
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead  
Did I read that right?



Very short & funny.  Click on the link which is also short




Arisaig beach




I want what he’s having

Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.

If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce, and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza…. OK, I ate a pizza! Are you happy now?

I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

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

Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Senility has been a smooth transition for me.


Annan harbour

McArthur’s Road, Laxo Burn, Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome to Shetland
Fochabers Fiddlers –  Frontline

WOW! A great deal of dancing!


Applecross sunset

Why are wine barrels so expensive?


We had one of these in Glasgow.  Know what it is for and what it is called?   I’ll tell you later.

Eildon Hills near Melrose

The machine is called a “Mangle” and it is really a big wringer.  You fed sheets etc. through between the rollers and it squeezed the water out to speed up drying.  It was manual and you turned to handle to move the rollers.
This was in the days before dryers and the washing was hung outside to dry.  We had poles at each corner of the back green to hold a wire rope strung between them.  The washing was pegged onto the wire on wooden poles propped up the wire which sagged from the weight.  Of course the washing had to be brought in when it rained and then put back out again or it had to be hung up on pulleys in the kitchen. 
Going back further to my father’s youth here is an excerpt from his story;
In the kitchen were two long wooden poles, suspended from the ceiling by ropes and pulleys, used for drying clothes.  There was always something hanging on a pulley and a distinct and fully recognisable smell of damp clothes and soap.  The soiled clothes for washing were usually taken to the public washhouse called the Steamie where there were a row of stands consisting of a washing tub with plenty of hot running water and a rinsing tub and a drying oven and a stand could be booked for a certain day and time.  It was a fine place for the housewives to relax and gossip while the clothes were in the oven drying. 

A polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl.  Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well.

One day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him.

The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances and asked him the following questions:

Have you any grounds?
Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.

No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?
It made of concrete.

I don’t think you understand.   Does either of you have a real grudge?
No, we have carport, and not need one.

I mean what are your relations like?
All my relations in Poland.

Is there any infidelity in your marriage?
We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player.

Does your wife beat you up?
No. I always up before her.

Why do you want this divorce?
She going to kill me.

What makes you think that?
I got proof.

What kind of proof?
She going to poison me.  She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read English pretty good and it say…….


Anthony Hopkins – A multi talented person.   If interested, Google and go to Wikipedia for a glimpse into his life.   Music was his first “love”.   You may well have viewed this item earlier.  If so, consider spending another few minutes in review.   Personally, it stands out as one of the better examples of the best in human creativity.  Violinist Rieu’s audience certainly agrees with that!

Mr. Hopkins clearly enjoyed multiple creative gifts.

André Rieu – And The Waltz Goes On (composed by: Anthony Hopkins)


Happy Valley, Orkney


A man was sitting on a lawn sunning and reading, when he was startled by a fairly late model car crashing through a hedge and coming to rest on his lawn. He helped the elderly driver out and sat her on a lawn chair.

“My goodness” he exclaimed, “you are quite old to be driving!”

“Yes” she replied,” I am old enough that I don’t need a license anymore. The last time I  went to my doctor he examined me, and asked if I had a driver’s license. I told him yes and handed it to him. He took scissors out of a drawer, cut the license into pieces and threw
them in the wastebasket.”

”You won’t be needing this anymore,” he said.  “So I thanked him and left.”



We all knew Roger Federer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov could play tennis.

But wait there’s more.

Watch them, with David Foster on the grand piano, as they sing in harmony, amazingly well.


Loch Maree & Slioch

May’s 100 – 8 x 32 Jig – Marian Anderson And Her Scottish Dance Band
The Other Kangaroo Paw

I became confused when I heard the word ‘service’ used with these agencies.

Internal Revenue ‘Service’
Postal ‘Service’
Telephone ‘Service’
Cable TV ‘Service’
Civil ‘Service’
City, State & Public ‘Service’
Customer ‘Service’

This is not what I thought ‘service’ meant.

But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to ‘service’ his cows.

BAM! It all came into focus. Now I understand what all those agencies are  doing to us.


View from Barassie beach

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.

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

I hope you enjoy this and whatever faith you have enjoy the peaceful music on this holiday weekend.

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

Duncan MacKenzie