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How to dance a jig doll!

Sssh, whisper it, but I think we may just have turned the corner into Spring?  Yesterday I spotted a hint of pink blossom in the trees, and the curves of crocuses throughout the town were valiantly trying not to shiver.  I was still caught in a shower of sleet midweek, but I’ve also been out, striding along clifftops and beaches under wonderfully breezy blue skies.  Want a quick look?

The beach at Hartlepool Headland and derelict pier in the background

The beach at Hartlepool Headland, with derelict pier in the background

The retreating tide

The retreating tide

Approaching the pier

Approaching the pier

My sea monster

My sea monster

The dunes back of the beach

The dunes back of the beach

The habitat of the dunes

The habitat of the dunes

The good old days

The good old days of Crimdon Dene, resort?

The caravan park that remains

The caravan park that remains

Not a good place to throw the stick for your dog

Not a good place to throw the stick for your dog

And home, over the stream

And home, over the stream

Highlight of my week?  Dancing a jig doll!  It was totally unexpected.  At my first ever visit to our local branch of the U3A, the entertainment was a lovely couple, Ron and Pat Keady.  With Ron on guitar and vocals, Pat demonstrated her versatility and love of Appalachian music and dance forms.  The Auto Harp (or dulcimer) was unfamiliar to me, but I recognised the Jew’s Harp and spoons, of course.  When the paddle and the jig dolls appeared, I was enthralled.  Even more so when they were passed around for the audience to try.  Bashing away at the paddle, I thought I did a very creditable version of “Jambalaya”- for a beginner!

What fun!  I think I’m putting one on my Christmas list.  If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, the YouTube video links below will demonstrate.  You will love the dog! (second clip)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzNEgMNV8UM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwuRfGDOrsY

Don’t forget to visit Cate at Show My Face this sunny Saturday, and share your week.  Hope it was a good one?  Click on the button for my previous 6WS’s.

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63 comments

    1. Thank you for following me back here. It was our first properly Springlike walk and there were big smiles on all our faces. I love Magnolia! Ours should be soon but I may miss them because I’m going to Poland with Dad next week. 🙂

  1. oh my, too funny! I had no idea what you were talking about so had to look. That’s quite the skill to have 🙂

    Our spring is taking its sweet time too so don’t feel alone. We have no blossoms yet and still have snow on the ground. but the huge piles of snow are no longer so there is hope!!

    1. I used my best shots for the Day in my Life challenge, Smigde, but overall it was such a nice week that I was out and about quite a lot. And it’s sunny again today! Sundays are my stay at home, fix the dinner, etc. days, as Dad comes over, but I’ll be out later if I get half a chance.

  2. Hi Jo ~~ Dummy me, I Googled ‘jig doll’ before watching the YouTubes. At least now I know what one is. 🙂 I doubt I could dance one.
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