Early Spring - !st stop after crossing the Bridge Over the Atlantic ontp Seil Island

This is for President Gerry – it is the first stop after crossing the Bridge over the Atlantic onto Seil Island

I hope almost all of you enjoyed staying home cosy and warm when you could have been helping promote Scottish Country Dancing by marching in the St. Patrick’s day parade.   Cathrine had gone to great lengths to get us moved near the top and we were #9 and the parade was over before we knew it.   We had all of 12 dancers plus 2 banner carriers and one driver.   A TERRIBLE showing for our Branch.   How disheartening for Cathrine and Francis who had put a lot of effort into decorating the truck etc. and a very poor support of your President and the Branch. 

Oh! I know some of you were involved with the Teacher training and EVERYONE Else has a wonderful excuse but I don’t believe half of them.  You should all be very ashamed.

Those who did turn out had a good time marching and dancing in DRY weather.   Thanks for all the effort you put into it.   It was a pity we were unable to dance afterwards as the sound system did not materialise.   Evidently, like many of you, they decided to stay home and not risk getting wet. 


Early spring - Highlland cattle Near Oban

Highland cattle near Oban

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Armani suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, ‘If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?’       

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, ‘Sure, Why not?’

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer,connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Ger many . . Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.   Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-Tech Miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, ‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’

‘That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.       Then Bud says to the young man, ‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’ The young m an thinks about it for a second and then says, ‘Okay, why not?’  

‘You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government’, says Bud.      ‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’      ‘No guessing required.’ answered the cowboy. ‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep…. . . . Now give me back my dog. 


Many of us are looking up YouTubes, attending practices and getting ready for the big Jubilee Ball next Saturday.   I heard there were 45 at the class last Wednesday and there is one more this Wednesday at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 plus a final one on Thursday at the Cambie  Community Centre gym, 12800 Cambie Road, Richmond (corner of Cambie & Jacombs, between No. 5 & No. 6 Road, on the south side of Cambie). from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. with Ruth Jappy  and Ian Muir providing the music – Drop in $6

Early spring - Kinross-shire lane-looking-north-snow-capped-hills

Ben Kinross shire

A Note from Jean :

Dear Fellow Dancer, Once again we have a Teachers Training programme happening at the Vancouver Branch with the exams to be held in May 2015.    Our teacher candidates rely on a Support Cast of fellow dancers to be ‘Stooges’ for their practice sessions.  Training sessions are held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver (upstairs).  If you are interested in helping our Teacher Candidates, please contact Jean Wagstaff 604-464-8103 / for further information.

Your support will be much appreciated. 

Many thanks, Jean Wagstaff  and the 2015 Candidates


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The next regular Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, March 27, 2015 (back to the last Friday of March & April) – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  Start to make plans to come along as we really need all of you. This is a fun and inexpensive way to have an enjoyable evening out with family and friends. Tell at least 2 friends to join you, forward this e-mail to more friends and encourage them to sign up for the newsletter and to come to the Ceilidh Dance. Think of the great exercise you get as well.   See below for more information.

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Thanks to some ground work by a student a Scottish Country Dance class at SFU has started.   They are on Wednesday evenings and will continue every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. in Forum Chambers.   Contact Louise at for more information and please tell all your student friends.

SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies will be offering beginning Gaelic classes Monday nights at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting January 20.  The classes will be held using video technology with instructor Fiona Smith — either from a location at SFU or in your home if you have a computer and internet connection.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Leith at

The Humanities Department at SFU is offering a Celtic Mythology course this summer, taught by Dr. Antone Minard. It will be meeting on Saturday afternoons. The course outline can be obtained and questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Minard at

Early spring - lambs at Eden Brook Farm

Spring lambs


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WHY GOD MADE MOMS Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

What’s the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at  work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power  ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your  friend’s.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.


I have been out all day starting with the Parade and then I joined other members of the Dem Team over in the Capilano Mall on the North Shore where we danced for a very large crowd at a Canadian Iranian Foundation fundraiser.  It was a very crowded mall and we received a great ovation for our performance despite the fact we were dancing on marble tiles and in a very confined space.   Now I am trying to get the newsletter finished before my favourite Sunday evening TV shows – I might not get finished as it is already 8 p.m.!!


Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:


There are always some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s stores.  Check them out at

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to

 1. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
2.If a deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap? 
3. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?


The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – .   The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information. We have replaced the roof which was a major expense and we have also finishing painting and sprucing up the main hall and hope you all like what we have done. Upgrades to the Centre are also being considered so it is particularly appropriate that dancers join USCS. No final decisions on these upgrades will be made before Members of USCS are fully informed.

A number of proposals regarding the future of the Centre (the building) were presented at the A.G.M. and these are to be discussed by each Member Society/Association and were discussed at a Special meeting of the United Scottish Societies Auditorium Ltd. last Wednesday, February 25, 2015.   A motion was made to refer the proposals to the Directors and to get more details on the various options suggested but the motion was defeated in a close vote – 8 for and 9 against.   The matter will likely be raised at the next meeting of the USCS which is scheduled for Wednesday March 18 in the USCC.


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 Early Spring - late snow in Kirkcudbright March 2013

late snowfall in Kirkcudbright


The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, March 27th, 2015. 

Canada Day maple leaf line


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 Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!


You can join the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link:


   Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.

Video runs 3:44.   For sure go full screen…. …this footage is of the ” slot man” in the Diamond formation…toughest flying due to wingtip vortices, etc…when he ” smiles”, he is pulling some serious positive/ negative “g” forces…   Notice the rest of the formation in the Pilot’s reflective goggles!

BLUE ANGELS – Insane Footage Takes You Inside the Cockpit

I defy anyone to NOT smile at this:


This should rattle your cage for today!   When you have the answer – you might want to send it on to other friends!   Have a great day!  I did – I handed it off to you!    Lots of us don’t know  what day of the week we were born. This will answer it.   We have been on this earth many, many weeks and days.  How many days old are you? This will give you a jolt!

Click  here: How many days old are you

Watch some stunning photos — turn on your full screen for a greater ride.   At times, you feel like you are on the helicopter…. especially when it’s travelling fast and down real low!

Pictures of a BC Ferry coming into Horseshoe bay, West Coast of Vancouver Island, Windmill on top of Grouse Mountain and looking down to the City, Cruise Ship Centre, Stanley Park – the Seawall…Saltspring Air’s Beaver taking off….

Gosh, it’s a beautiful part of the world!


The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, March 27, 2015.    Same time, same place, same price (so long as there is a big attendance), same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.


The slowly growing list has stayed at the lofty height of  362.   I should be more grateful that it is increasing but it will take many weeks at this rate to get it back to 400 so I really need your help to get the subscriptions back up again.   Thanks for all your support.

Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!!

At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by only 226 subscribers.  Because the list is growing that was just 62.4% of the total list.   I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is probably much higher.

Please keep opening the newsletter!!  Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


Events happening in the immediate future include the Jubilee Ball on Saturday. followed by the Ceilidh Dance on the 27th and the Glenayre Dance on the 28th.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


Kids are  Quick

TEACHER:       Millie, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
MILLIE:               I is… TEACHER:
No, Millie….. Always say, “I am.”
MILLIE:              All right…  “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”     _________________________________

TEACHER:       George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it.      Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS:              Because George still had the ax in his hand.


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If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Mar 18 Wednesday Night class at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street will be going through some of the Jubilee Ball dances – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Mar 19 A final class on the dances for the Jubilee Ball with Iain Muir playing at the Special Walk Through.   The class will be held   with Ian Muir at our Special Walk Through at the Cambie  Community Centre gym, 12800 Cambie Road, Richmond (corner of Cambie & Jacombs, between No. 5 & No. 6 Road, on the south side of Cambie). Teacher:  Ruth Jappy   Drop in $6
Mar 21 50th Anniversary Heather Jubilee Ball, Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver with music by Torridon Scottish Dance Band featuring guests Ian Muir and Judi Nicolson.   Tickets ($100) available online at or phone 604-929-2944 for reservations.   Dinner at 5:30 p.m.     crib notes and programme at
Mar 25 White Rock-  St. Patrick party – wear green
Mar 27 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $10 (students $8)
Mar 28 Glenayre Annual Dance at St. Laurence Church Hall, 825 St. Laurence, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m. —  $10
Mar 28 SFU Pipe Band is holding a benefit concert and ceilidh for cancer at the SFU Theatre beginning at 6:00pm.  All proceeds will go to the BC Cancer Centre and Foundation to aid brain cancer research. The band is dedicating this concert to Andrew Bonar, a piper in the band, who is recovering from cancer.  Tickets are available for purchase at the following links:  Concert Tickets: Ceilidh Tickets:
Mar 28 Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society One-Day Workshop and Dance with teacher Fiona Miller and class musician Mary Ross.   Music for the dance by the Tartan Players.   Colwood Community Hall, 2219 Sooke Road, Victoria —  all info at   
Mar 29 White Rock spring workshop Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd Street Surrey with teacher Maureen Lyon.   Info and to register 604-944-6678 or
Apr   1 Ceilidh at SFU – more info to come      CANCELLED
Apr 11 Nanaimo Scottish Country Dancers welcome everyone to their annual one day workshop with teachers Ruth Jappy & Rebecca Blackhall-Peters as well as musicians Julie Smith & Deborah Jones.   This is a great workshop for basic & intermediate dancers.   No need to take your car they will meet you at the ferry!!  All info and registration form at
Apr 11 Bellingham social
Apr 18 Deep Cove Dance in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver with music by Mary Ross.   7:30 p.m. —  $15
Apr 20 It’s become a tradition!   Monday Night End of Term Ceilidh in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   7:30 – 10:00 p.m. – everyone welcome — $6 drop in.
Apr 24 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $10 (students $8)
Apr 25 Children’s Spring Party & Dance, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver from 2 – 4 p.m.   Adults $5 – Children FREE!!
Apr 25 Vernon, B.C. invites everyone to come to their 19th annual workshop & ceilidh Teacher Barbara Johnston from Edmonton – Info from Kathy 250-542-4139 or
May  1 White Rock Ceilidh featuring Lindsay Weir & Colin Garvin from Scotland – 7:30 p.m. in the White Rock Elks Club, 1469 George Street, White Rock – $15 adults; $8 students – info 604-536-7660
May 1-3 Youth Weekend West In Victoria BC –
May 1-3 Wiinipeg Branch 44th annual Spring workshop & Ball – teachers Bob Anderson, Victoria & Sharon Barker, Calgary and music by Scotch Measure.   For registration forms & info e-mail Sharon at or go to
May  3 White Rock Annual Tea Dance (“Ocean Frolic”) is back on a Sunday afternoon.   To be held in the Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock with music by Lindsay Weir, accordion & Colin Garvin, keyboard from Scotland.   Doors open 3 p.m. with dancing at 3:30 p.m. and refreshments to follow.   Tickets $25 – call Paul at 604-536-7660

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early spring - late snow on Arran

Late snow on Arran


Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun.  Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

early spring - Loch Eck

Loch Eck

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, March 27, 2015 with live music by Calanaish.

You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.

They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  The price is only – $10 or $8 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain – everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.


The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website

This is a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as they are starting up again.    You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either or www, for a list of class locations and times.

St patrick's Day Dancers 

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.

St Patrick's Day fiddler

It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).

St Patrick's Day slogan

There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below. Come along – check us out – the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at or Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations

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as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details –



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For upcoming events see and Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver,

We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 12 or more and we can give them a discount!!!


We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $10 ($8 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link or the Face-book page

Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Early Spring - Loch Lee

Loch Lee

Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn!

There is a FREE class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!

The schedule for the 2014/15 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —


March 27
April 24
September 25

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers and we might even have Louise and maybe Daniel and/or Michelle to help with the calling.  Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.
Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is.

 Early spring - Loch Lochy

Loch Lochy

We would like to attract students from Universities and all colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($10 or $8 for students.)

You should check the website – – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.

You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at     Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news.

Dance – it is good for your health.

Early Spring - Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at    If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – and ask them to subscribe.

If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.

This newsletter reaches out to some 362 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.


 Clever Signs  

In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”


At the Electric Company:

“We would be delighted if you send in your payment.

However, if you don’t, you will be.”


In a Restaurant window:

“Don’t stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up.”



Early Spring - Luce Bay Port William

Luce Bay, Port William

Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

See Coming Events on the website for info –


Early spring - near Auchtertool, Fife  trees-and-burn-in-spring

Near Auchtertool, Fife


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