We are still planning on re-starting the Ceilidh Dances with the first one scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021.  This will still be subject to Provincial guidelines etc. but all, despite the Delta variant, is looking positive.  We will have to wait for Bonnie Henry’s and the Provincial Government’s announcement on September 8 to be certain. 

The dances will continue to be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver but, there is a slight change of time.  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 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.

The 2021/22 season dances are scheduled as follows:-
September 24
October 29
November 26
January 28
February 25
March 25
April 29
Mark your calendars now!

There will be some protocols that we will need to follow but, we have lots of time to get to that.  Let us just celebrate that we are getting back together for dancing and fun again.


Set of Jigs – Muriel Johnstone – Dancing Fingers 1

tropical like scene at Rhue beach

Another piece of exciting news:

The 2021 BC Highland Games

ScotFestBC – The British Columbia Highland Games is back on Sept 3-4, 2021

Join us for all the fun of a great west coast highland games, with the SFU Pipe Band, caber tossing, lots of piping, dancing, singing, a whisky school, live Celtic music and a free evening Friday, Sept. 3 (5k Tartan Run, Celtic music, piping on main stage)

Purchase your tickets in advance and then come to Lafarge Lake Park on Saturday for the fun. Take the train to the Games. There’s a free bike valet. There’ll be activities for kids, food vendors (include veggie options), Scottish and other national foods, check out the British cars, listen to the performances on two stages, or watch the heavy athletes throw big objects all over the Lew Ross Field. Hang on to your seats for the massed pipe bands flowing down onto the fields around 5:30, and the pipers ceilidh in the big tent afterwards.

There are activities for the bairns, èildears and everyone in between.

So come for the pipes and stay for the haggis & bru. And maybe a pint or two with new and old friends.

For info go to –


As well Scottish Country Dance classes may be starting up again in various places across the Lower Mainland and beyond.
Check for updates.


Six little stories:


Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.
On the day of prayer all the people gathered,
but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH.


When you throw babies in the air,
they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That’s TRUST.


Every night we go to bed
without any assurance of being alive the next morning,
but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE


We plan big things for tomorrow
in spite of zero knowledge of the future.



We see the world suffering,
but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE.


On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence
‘I am not 80 years old;
I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’



Socially distancing puffins on the Isle of Mingulay

An old man was asked, “At your ripe age, what would you prefer to get –
Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?”

The wise one answered, “Definitely Parkinson’s.
Better to spill half an ounce of Scotch than to forget where you keep the

This is enlightening

An Tallach

  1. Dad, are we pyromaniacs?  Yes, we arson.
  2. What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
  3. Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.
  4. Why do bees stay in their hives during winter?  Swarm.
  5. If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.



St. Abbs


  1. Just so everyone’s clear,  I’m going to put my glasses on.
  2. A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.
  3. I lost my job as a stage designer.  I left without making a scene.
  4. Never buy flowers from a monk.  Only you can prevent florist friars.
  5. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced?  A buccaneer.


I am not going back to school


Ben Loyal



Cape Wrath

Brora beach


  1. I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by.  I kneaded the dough.
  2. My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’.  It’s a cover band.
  3. I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it.
  4. Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c?  Because you can’t see in the dark.
  5. Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock?  Well, time will tell.



Carlochy with its birchwood fringe hidden away in a corrie of Glen Lee

Set of reels – David Hall – Sound of Feolin


Turn the clock back

A wid like tae turn the clock back
Tae when we wur a’ only weans
A’d like tae take ma grandkids there
And teach them tae play a’ the games

Like hide n seek and kick the can
Maybe chap the door and run
Makin a bogie wi auld pram wheels
Climbing dykes and havin great fun

Oor life was jist wan big adventure
Thir‘s no way we wid ever be bored
We’d be oot aw day till efter dark
Playin fitba till everyone scored

We wid make up daft games like statues
Or play marbles on a stank full a holes
Throw coins and try tae get nearest the wa’
Tie rope swings on the auld washin poles

Acting parts that we saw on the telly
Like little Joe, fae Bonanza or Hoss
Runnin fast when yir sent fur a message
Pretendin tae be Stirlin Moss.

The lassies were oot playin peever
Skipping ropes or stoatin some balls
Swoppin scraps, daein knitting or crochet
Tryin tae make clathes fur thir dolls

The weans these days are missin this fun
Wi thir game boys, x boxes and wee’s
They’ll never experience whit we used tae share
Holey socks, dirty necks and skinned knees



Unfailing hope!!


a trip to St. Kilda


For all you budding artists and you don’t even need a brush …


Staffa harbour



The Forth River at Stirling

Set of Reels – Witches Reel –  Judith Linton, Marian Anderson, Muriel Johnstone – North of the Tweed

Stonehaven harbour


Stornoway harbour

Have you had both Jabs?  If not why?  What are you waiting for?  You will not be admitted to Ceilidh Dances unless you have had 2 jabs of the approved vaccines

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

Duncan MacKenzie