As I sit down to write this blog it is raining … again (still?). It’s been frustrating because we haven’t been able to make any progress on the three big jobs we had lined up for this fall (the reason for 3+1 WWOOFers). On the other hand, there have been six people around the dinner table every night (instead of two in front of the TV) and the house is full of laughter and music and lively discussions. I’ve been loving every minute of it!
Ceilidh ( pronounced “kay-lee“) is Gaelic for “gathering” and the Kitchen Party has a rich heritage here in Cape Breton. On Thursday evenings at Rollie’s Bar in North Sydney, seasoned and not-so-seasoned musicians gather for an evening of music. The fiddler’s and guitar players sit around the piano and play lively tunes. The piano players each take a set and the musicians in the circle come and go at their leisure. On this particular Thursday a stranger from away entered the circle and not knowing any of the tunes managed to hold his own while strumming away on his mandolin.
Here’s a wee sample of the music we enjoyed that night .. Cape Breton Kitchen Party with Jeff D playing along.
As much as I love summer, and this one past was glorious, autumn is my favourite season. The fall colours are starting to appear and I think it will soon be time for another trip around the Cabot Trail.
Fall brings with it Thanksgiving. Since it is early this year, Thanksgiving has snuck up on me (once again). I thought that living 2000 km away from our family would make the holidays difficult to bare. This Saturday there will be nine people sitting around our kitchen table sharing our Thanksgiving feast. For our Cape Breton family I am truly thankful.
May you have –
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks bedside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
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