Emily’s birthday ceilidh pics…

It is nearly 10 AM on the morning after. 4 people are up in the house- out of (I think) 35. I had around 4 hours sleep, but these days wake when the day calls me rather than listening to what it needs. Just thought I would post a few photos from last night for those of you who were not able to join us to dance Emily into adulthood!

It was a a great night- we had a piper, a great band (Canned Haggis, who are simply the best combination of musicianship and encouragement in the dance,) solo spots from Skye, Hannah and Rachael, conversations with lots of friends, and just about everybody danced. I danced a lot- in fact this morning I feel like I have been on an SAS selection course.

Here is some evidence of it all (taken with no flash in an almost dark room so apologies for the motion blur!)

Emily hits adulthood!

Michaela with Emily, some time in the late nineties, Keswick.

Today Emily is 18! I am heading off to collect her (along with an assortment of friends) from Stirling University.

Cue whirlwind weekend with a house full of old friends, and the odd room full of students sleeping in Mondian shapes.

Tomorrow night we Ceilidh the Scottish way, with a piper and everything.

I know we fathers are all proud of our daughters, but I think I have more reasons than most because of whom she is,what she is becoming, and the life she brings to every space she graces…

Emily and William in motion