quite a weekend, that was! my home overflowing (doesn't take too many...heh heh) with family, their rasping south african accents... music to my ears.
saturday was gala day... i thought the damned thing started at two in the afternoon. unfortunately my timing was a wee bit out, things started at one. this caused us to miss the stranraer pipe band... mutter, mutter... and while most of my family detest the bagpipes and refer to the music in the most derogatory terms... me, myself, i adore them, their wailing brings tears to my eyes, my heart swells with joy and pride in my scots blood.
so anyway... missed the bagpipes, missed the official opening, missed the gala queen and her two princesses. did not miss... the drizzle the tombola the rain the treasure hunt the mist the owls... wow that was fabulous! the wet field the tea tent and best of all the fresh made strawberry tarts with cream...mmmm!
the ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") wow... now that was fun! exhausting, even painful but definitely fun. i was not intending to take part in the country dancing. i am probably one of the world's biggest exhibitionists but... i need to be good at what i do. i dislike making spectacle of myself!
the road to hell... yeah right, pretty soon i was up there ... making a spectacle of myself! one of the guys in the band teaches us a dance... seemed simple enough! so i muddle my way through one set... omg, i was totally exhausted, my lungs were screaming for air, my body was whimpering for rest. i was never so happy to hear a song end. only then... "now we'll all go again... faster this time". yeah...right, and seeing as how i am dancing in a set with seven other people... none of whom appear to be even slightly worn out! enough said, i am fortunate to still be here to tell the tale.
a ceilidh is a family affair, moms and dads, teenagers and toddlers,grannies and granddads... great grannies and great granddads!! yep, indeed...people in their eighties (at least) dancing the night away. damn, but these scottish folk know how to enjoy themselves! i intend to take lessons in scottish country dancing and look forward to celebrating my eightieth birthday with a ceilidh, where i will dance the night away...
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