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Monday, 6 June 2011

Celtic festival

I really must get caught up on some blog entries!  abbey The first thing I was going to write about was the Celtic Festival held at Newbattle Abbey, not far from Edinburgh.  All sorts of activities had been organised celebrating Celtic traditions.  Deirdre did a taster workshop in Gaelic, using the  Ulpan method we used in our two terms of lessons; I attended a talk on the Scots language – NOT a slang English, but a language even older than English.  There were dance workshops in Breton, irish dancingIrish

and mixed cultures scottish dancing Scottish dancing;




celtic music

0pportunities to listen to music and join in the singing of different styles of Scottish songs.   facepainting


There were face-painting  and Celtic handicrafts for the kidsceltic handcrafts;





woodland walks for anyone who wanted a bit of quietabbey grounds ; food tents, icecream vans, everyone was   catered for, and I think everyone enjoyed a very pleasant and happy day.  If I hadn’t been on duty as a steward I’d have photographed some of the other activities, but despite being at my designated posts during the day I thoroughly enjoyed things too. derek the mad monk  Oh, this is another volunteer steward, who insisted on dressing up as the Newbattle  Abbey token monk!


Talk again soon.


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