Burns Night!

What a wonderful night this was, to warm a cold January night up, enjoy a traditional Scottish meal, watch or take part in excellent Scottish dancing and feel the glow of the warm atmosphere and the whisky galore!

The day began early with much hard work from the group who prepared the room and cooked the meal. Thankyou to Jane, Pat Cherry, Pam, Chris, Elaine, Carolyn and Ros. Eddie, Paul, Rod, Geoff, Robin were excellent shiftas.

Mark Raybould was an excellent Master of Ceremonies, lovely kilt. Annie was most impressive on the bagpipes and Ganin most enthusiastic on addressing the haggis, complete with authentic accent. Thank you to you all, not forgetting a special address to the ladies from Ken and excellent display from the Scottish dancers.

A most enjoyable evening, well planned, well supported by you all and another well remembered evening together.

Well done!

Kite Request

As you know our good neighbourhood scheme, KITE provides a number of very useful and needed resources in a number of ways. These may be shopping, dental, hospital, ophthalmic appointments, prescriptions and doctors, a friendly visit or lift to visit a friend, dog walking or chickens fed!

Would anyone in the area of St. Michaels appreciate or require help with garden rubbish collection now and then or any other removal of items ready to be taken to the tip? We need to hear from you and possibly how often?

What ever request you have let us know and please use KITE services and volunteers. Keep them coming!

Dates to be thinking of

We have a very varied program of events in the village hall calendar again this year. One of our main purposes of course is to raise a little more funding to help with our plans for the refurbishment of the village hall.

Open Gardens is planned for 6th/7th June midday to 5pm. Please start thinking of collecting any tombola gifts, plants, books, garden tools, furniture, crafts and any related garden items you think may be used.

Beatle Fest is planned for Sunday 12th July when a series of wonderful instrumentalists, singers and bands will come together and perform Beatles music. Please can you look out for any memorabilia you may have and would be kind enough to lend to the village hall for display. Any photos, posters, souvenirs from those special days 50 years on. We are sure to have a great day!

Book Review: Calypso by David Sedaris

Calypso, Sedaris’s 10th collection of diary essays, is a family affair. The action revolves around the Sea Section, an oceanfront cottage on the North Carolina coast that Sedaris and his husband, Hugh, purchased in order to realise his childhood dream that “one day I would buy a beach house and it would be everyone’s, as long as they followed my draconian rules and never stopped thanking me for it”. The Sedaris’s gather and regather there for Thanksgivings and summer vacations. Between confidences shared, board games played and sunscreen slathered, the anecdotes pile up.

Through disarmingly frank descriptions of their idiosyncrasies, vulgarities and charms, he conjures the sort of warts-and-all closeness that family alone can offer. But the shadows also swarm addressing questions of ageing and mortality and as life moves forward and the tragedies pile up, it turns out there are some things it’s impossible to play for laughs. For all its warmth and wit, Calypso is also raw, jagged and sad.

Humour is a funny thing – or is it? It is certainly individual. Although highly regarded, Sedaris’s humour did not appeal to our group of readers – apart from me – I loved it.

Pat