Hi Everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been around for the past week but it has been busy and I really haven't been out taking photos at all.
It is flooding season here in our area as you can see by the photos. I took these on Saturday afternoon on our way to a wedding. This is normally fields with the river running just past the thick line of trees but we've had snow melt, rain, and some mild temperatures (in-between the freezing ones!) that have brought the brooks, streams and rivers up to flood stage.
The migrating Canada Geese are finding a nice resting spot here and there were hundreds of them there on Sunday evening.
From one angle it almost looks like a lake.
We went to a beautiful wedding on Saturday of our friends daughter and her Scottish husband. It was such a special time of celebrating this sweet couple. Following the dinner there was a Ceilidh ~ Scottish country dancing.
Murray's last name....Gordon....is Scottish and my grandmother was from Scotland and emigrated to Canada as a young woman in 1910. However, we have never had the opportunity to partake in Scottish Country Dancing until we attended this Ceilidh. Ceilidh's are popular in parts of Nova Scotia (and I'm sure elsewhere in Canada) and in particular, Cape Breton Island, but this was a first for us. I must say we had a blast! Although I only danced one time and so did Murray, each with different partners....and mine was wearing a kilt. :-) I tell you this kind of dancing is a good workout. Of course I'm not used to dancing, although I certainly did my fair share during high school, but Murray and I haven't danced in decades so it was quite interesting. We did start out in the last dance together where the partners swung in a circle to the count of 16. Well.....guess what happened to me. I got so dizzy I couldn't stand up or even see where I was. It was awful so we got off the dance floor immediately and I sat down. Thankfully, the dizziness only lasted for half a minute but I was disappointed not to participate in this final dance.
This is the young Scotsman that asked me to dance but that is not me with him. Scottish country dancing is similar to 'round' dancing here in North America. The first number they did was to a Scottish song but the rest were mostly to country music. There are many types of dances all with names that I already forgot ~ along with the dance steps! A young lady 'called' the dance steps which definitely helped but they were confusing and it was hilarious to watch people going the wrong way or mis-stepping. I'm sure there were some sore feet afterwards. What was really nice at the end of the evening was when everyone gathered in a large circle around the bride and groom, joined hands, and stepped toward the couple raising our hands with a 'whoop' several times. We also sang 'Auld Lang Sine' and that brought a tear to my eye.
It is raining today and mild (for here in April). We have sunshine for the rest of the week and the temperatures will come up by the weekend. Finally!! I can see some green in the lawns and some trees have buds forming. A lot of the birds have returned and it is wonderful to hear them chirping and singing. The ponds are almost ice free and soon we'll hear the spring peepers, which I love. I am anxious to get out and do some yard work as there is a lot of branches etc. that need picking up but the ground has to dry out a bit first.
I hope you are all enjoying some nice spring days.
Thank you for visiting! Have a great day!