Wick harbour on a frosty November afternoon

Just a short note to remind you that the next Ceilidh dance is next Friday November 24. It is the last one of the year so I am sure you will all want to come and enjoy a great evening of dancing, fun and social interaction.

The dances are held in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver which is a block north of SW Marine between Granville & Oak in Marpole.  The evening starts with a free class from 7 – 7:45 and the dance with the live music of Calanais follows from 8 – 10:30.  Admission is $15 (students $10) and there are refreshments available but remember it is CASH ONLY.  Remember to bring some extra cash so you can donate towards the cost of the beer/cider/soft drinks/cookies etc.

Most Scottish Country dance classes have started up again – why not give one a try, you never know you might enjoy it.  You’ll be made welcome wherever you go and it is good exercise too!

To help everyone find a convenient class here is a link to all the classes in and around Vancouver and the start time if known;

2023-24 Class List



Fainmore on the A832 between Braemore junction and Dundonnell in Wester Ross


How to properly lock up your bicycle


Sunday morning at Loch Ederline


Here is some cheery upbeat Scottish Dance music to enjoy

Nice to See You       Kenny Thomson & the Wardlaw SC Band        Quick Here’s Anither Yin


Great concentration and balance


We don’t have to wait long (just 6 days) for the next Ceilidh dance.  The same admission prices but Remember it is Cash Only both for admittance and for the refreshments.

Ceilidh dances are held 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.  Remember it is “cash only” both for admittance and the refreshments.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the fun.  Check the website rscdsvancouver.org for more details.

The 2023/24 Ceilidh Dance dates are all on the last Friday of the month –
November 24
January 26
February 23
March 22  — note the change the last Friday is Easter!
April 26

If you have a group of 8 or more then the cost is $1 less for each of you.  You have to choose a password, make sure everyone in the group knows what it is then contact me at duncanmackenzie@telus.net at least two days before the dance & let me know you have a group and what the password will be, then you do not need to all arrive together.


the Falls of Dochart


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Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say CLOSE ENOUGH.

If I am ever on life support, unplug me and plug me back in and see if that works.

Do you ever wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and think…“That can’t be accurate?”

Last night the internet stopped working so I spent a few hours with my family. They seem like nice people.

If Adam and Eve were Cajuns they would have eaten the snake instead of the apple and saved us all a lot of trouble.

We celebrated last night with a couple of adult beverages…Metamucil and Ensure.

You know you are getting old when friends with benefits means having someone who can drive at night.

Weight loss goal: To be able to clip my toenails and breathe at the same time.

After watching how some people wear their masks, I understand why contraception fails.

Some of my friends exercise every day.  Meanwhile I am watching a show I don’t like because the remote fell on the floor.

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Now that we have everyone washing their hands correctly…next week…Turn Signals.



View over Loch Fyne from the watchtower above Inveraray



The 2023/24 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

November 24
January 26
February 23
March 22   – note change
April 26

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.  DON’T FORGET IT IS CASH ONLY.

Stonehaven Harbour


NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, November 24, 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