McDougall Cottage

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I spent the afternoon in Cambridge, Ontario at McDougall Cottage. I have rejoined the long sword dancers and went today to celebrate May Day. A bit late, I know, but there was another function last weekend and the dancers couldn’t make it.

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Oakville Ale and Sword (us).

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Wolf At The Door Molly Dancers.
It was a bit chilly and we were dancing outside, but the museum staff kept feeding us hot sausage rolls, cheese and onions rolls, and haggis rolls. They were all delicious.

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Waiting our turn.

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We dance five dances. Four of them are long sword dances, and one is a rapper sword dance, which I don’t do. I had one practice in 18 months, and was thrown to the wolves. Actually, it all went quite well except for the whap on the head. I wasn’t the only one. Occupational hazard.

Long sword dancing is an old style of dancing from a couple of areas in the UK. It is now part of the morris dancing tradition and is often used to celebrate holidays such as Twelfth Night and St. George’s Day. I love it. Running around while waving a sword; it’s a dream come true.

While I was out waving a sword around and stuffing my face, Becky was at home, alone, for the longest time ever. Well done, Becky.

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About chebandbecky

I was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Canada in 1988. Becky is my daughter who was injured in a car accident. We are working towards her independence.
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2 Responses to McDougall Cottage

  1. Eveline Kellman says:

    I admire your courage to take up so many passtimes. Morris Dancing has regained some popularity in the U.K.. A cousin of mine has a hubby who belongs to a group of Morriss dancers Becky is slowly fighting her way to independance. Keep chugging

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