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Tae pass a dreighy day

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IF’N yer oanythin lik masel ye’ll no bae tae far travel’t this wather.

Aye, it’s oan oul, coul, wet, days lik tha yins wae hae noo that A hae mine o ma mither lukkin’ oot tha winda an tellin’ me, “ thon’s a day fer tha fire”. Maun bit it’s a lucky man that haes his kindlin’ split an his scuttles fu tae tha brim.

Bit yince yer settled whut dae ye dae. Fer thur’s niver oanythin worth watchin’ oan tha box an tha wireless disnae git guid tae tha nicht. Weel, if ye’ll heed me, January is a quare month tae git caught up wi tha readin’. Iver tha past wheen o’ years thur haes bin near a dizin o’ tha oul Ulster-Scots classics reprinted.

If lik masel yer fae tha Ardes, an even if yer no, ye cud dae a hale locht worse thon tae git houl o’ yin o’ W.G. Lyttles buks tae pass a dreighy day.

Tha buks ir scrieved in tha ‘kail-yard’ style that wus popular, acroass tha scheugh, in Scotland at tha time. Yin o’ tha main features o’ this style is it’s use o’ twa languages fer whiles tha story is scrieved in English, aa tha taakin perts ir in Ulster-Scots. Noo es ye ken Am near aye oan fer tha braid Scots tha hale road. Bit A hae tae admit its no tha worst wye o’ wurkin. Especially fer aa thon wha ir a wee bit mere hesitant in readin tha hamely tongue.

If ye havnae read W. G. Lyttle A wud recommend ye tae stairt wi ‘Betsy Grey and the Hearts of Down’. A story woven aroon oor ain folk an history. Tha buk taks es bak tae 1798 whun Betsy an hir brither George alang wi hir fiance Willie Boal tak pert in tha ‘Turn oot’, tha name gien tae tha United Irish rebellion bye tha folk in tha Ardes. Tha buk follas brave Betsy fae tha Smidy at tha sax road ends tae tha battle o’ Ballynahinch whur shae faced tha muskets an canons o tha King’s sodjers. Aye tha dinnae mak them lik thon oany mere.

Tae nixt time lang may yer lum reek an yer spicket dribble. Fer mere oul bletherins oor details oan hoo tae git houl o’ tha buks mentioned abine, ye cud tak a wee gleek at www.lowcountrylad.blogspot.com

 

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