Early Spring - near Lochbuie

Near Lochbuie

  After last week’s diatribe I thought no one would be speaking to me!   I did lose 2 people from the Ceilidh Newsletter but that probably had nothing to do with what I said – at least I hope not as I count these two as friends.

What a fantastic evening many of us enjoyed last night at the Vancouver Branch Jubilee Ball.   A lot of preparation had gone into this event and it really showed.   From the friendly atmosphere right from the start to the lovely setting in the Hellenic Centre to the tasteful (simple yet attractive) decorations, to the welcoming speech, to the very enjoyable meal served promptly and without any fuss all seemed to go by without a hitch.  

It was very fitting, and a touch of the dramatic, that the Branch should present Jean Wagstaff with the Branch Award for services over many years and which she truly deserved.   I think she seemed surprised and overcome but congratulations from us all.

Now came the amazing grand march with almost 180 dancers going on quite a hike.   The band must have thought they would never see the end.   It was complicated by the fact that the hall was wide and not too deep so we had to make up 6 lines instead of the traditional 4.   But it all worked out and we were ready for the first dance.

The Grand March certainly allowed the band – Torridon, who were making their first appearance in Vancouver – to get warmed up and for the rest of the evening they played irresistible music that challenged you to make sure you were up for every dance.   In fact sets were forming long before they were announced (tut, tut!).   This band, with members from Scotland, the USA and Canada molded very quickly and easily into a premier Scottish Country Dance band that will be hard to beat.   We were very fortunate to have them in Vancouver for our ball and even more fortunate in that they will be back, with one change, at the end of May, for the Fort Langley 15th anniversary celebration.

Ruth, in her inimitable style, was a superb MC who kept us moving along at a nice pace, gave us a wee bit of history of each dance, carefully walked us through and allowed us to encore many of the dances.   It was a fun, interesting, yet not overly challenging programme of dances which Ruth had gleaned from Ball programmes over the past 50 years.

There were many out-of-town visitors and I hope they all felt welcome and that they had as good a time as I did.   As my feet and legs tell me I danced all but one dance and that was only because I was busy spreading some slip stop on the floor and by the time I was finished the sets were complete.   So for the 14 dances I had 12 partners (my lovely wife was my charming partner in the first, last and one other).   With so many in attendance it was hard to get from one side to the other, but that is by no means a criticism, it is the same at any large dance.   You don’t realize who all is in attendance.

The ladies looked simply gorgeous in their beautiful dresses.   I doubt one could attend a better fashion display.   As I have said the hall was decorated very simply but with all the colour in the dresses and kilts it needed no more.

Many thanks to the 50th Anniversary Committee, the Branch and many other volunteers for a great year of celebration and a fantastic Ball to cap it all off. 


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North Queensferry

While everyone is enjoying the anniversary, please take a moment to think of Mary Brandon, who helped bring Scottish Dancing and Miss Milligan to Vancouver.  She no longer travels so she was unable to join the celebration.  However she is marking her 90th birthday on April 6.  It would be wonderful if she could receive greetings from dancers in Vancouver on this milestone.  Here’s the information for sending her birthday wishes:

Mary – longtime teacher, Demonstration Team director, dance devisor, RSCDS examiner and Scroll of Honor recipient for founding the Hawaii Branch– doesn’t want a party, but would love to hear from dancers and SCD friends. A post box has been set up specifically for your cards, photos and letters:Brandon Birthday Greetings, 6520 Platt Ave #143, West Hills, CA 91307. Mary does not use the internet, but if you must email your message,send it to: and we will print it out for her.Please, no links to videos or e-cards.You can help make this a memorable day for a very special woman! Thank you very much. Alice Allen Los Angeles Branch


Who knew?!!!! 

1.  To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean.   The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving.   The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.  The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.  

9 Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a dishcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

VODKA  …  Who woulda thunk it!?
And silly me! I’ve only been drinking the stuff.


 Early Spring - Perth Riverside park

Riverside Perk, Perth

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.


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

If you are interested in trying to stop wind farms spoiling your views in Scotland try this website:

Early spring - Sound of Sleat

Sound of Sleat


bird tree 

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

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect.  Outside, I think some kind  of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.


I did get out in the garden for a few hours earlier in the week before the rain returned.   Did everyone in this area have the exceptionally heavy rain, later hail, and thunder-storm on Friday night?   It certainly woke me up and it brought down a lot of the blossom and pollen.   Now I need to get out and sweep it all up except it is so wet I may have to resort to getting the blower out.   I did try to wash some of the outside windows and skylights but now no one will notice.

It is tax time and while I am “retired” I still have a few senior clients that I look after so that and volunteer work keeps me busy most days and dancing has kept me occupied most nights (I did have a very long meeting on Wednesday at the USCS).

Some of the USCS Directors have arranged to have the City of Vancouver make a proclamation that April 6, 2015 be Tartan Day.   It is Easter Monday and there is to be a ceremony at City Hall at Noon with some pipe bands and some Highland and Scottish Country dancers.   Please come along, wear your kilt or something tartan and show your pride. 


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

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Did you know that Andy Murray, the Scottish tennis star, is getting married in Dunblane Cathedral on April 11?   He was planning on a smaller location but the community has persuaded him to use the Cathedral so more can attend.  He is well-loved in Dunblane and it will be a big day not just for Andy and his bride, Kim Sears.  Many of us danced “The Pride of Dunblane” at the last Highland Games which is a dance written for Andy.  


We should request City Hall place these around the Scottish Cultural Centre!

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.





 Early Spring - The Hydro in Glasgow

The Hydro, Glasgow


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

Canada Day maple leaf line


Spider catch

 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.

A great comedian, Stanley Baxter:


Scottish Fiddle Orchestra – The Eightsome Reel

Find out the No. 1 song on the day you were born….bet you know the words.


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  360.   I should be more grateful that even though we went down 2 it has increased 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 214 subscribers.  Because the list is growing that was just 59.3% 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 Ceilidh Dance on the 27th and the Glenayre Dance on the 28th.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


Kids are  Quick

TEACHER:       Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? SIMON:            No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.


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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 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  6 Tartan Day – come help celebrate the proclamation by the City of Vancouver on the lawn outside City Hall at noon – wear your kilt/tartan and show we Scots can be proud of our heritage and how much we have contributed to Vancouver, BC and Canada
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
May  4 Burnaby Spring session – teacher TBA  Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby 7:30 p.m. –$6 drop in


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Early Spring - Thistle & Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle


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 - View from Bracadale, Skye

View from Bracadale, Skye

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

Spider Left

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.

birds hopping

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).


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 - view from Craig Fall Trail

view from Craig Fall trail

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 - West Voe Beach, Shetland

West Voe Beach, Shetland

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 - wildfire near Fiskavaig, Skye

wildfire, Fiscavaig, Skye

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 360 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 the front yard of a Funeral Home:

“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”


At a Propane Filling Station :

“Thank heaven for little grills.”


And don’t forget the sign at a

Chicago Radiator Shop:

“Best place in town to take a leak.”



Early spring in Dunfermline


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 Sheep and Neeps

Sheep and Neeps


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