Monday, 7 July 2008

the ceilidh




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...

9 comments:

Margo Moon said...

Bet you'd have revived quick smart at the sight of a few marshmallows and a nice lass who knew how to use 'em.

Sounds real fun! You've got quite the family.

reeflightning said...

how well you know me pardner ... ;-)

Your Pal Pinki said...

Wonderful post! I found you at the Rising Blogger and I'm adding you to my favorites. May I borrow the picture of the shirtless lad at the start of your post? : )

reeflightning said...

howzit pinki
thanks for popping over. i borrowed that pic from photobucket, feel free!!

Your Pal Pinki said...

Thank you! Have a great weekend!!!

Mike S said...

I can listen to the pipers for hours on end. Best part of most parades too:)

Puddock said...

Sounds like fun! If only guys in kilts in the real world looked like your chap there...sigh...

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