I'm slightly stunned by the fact that I'm really relating to something on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour...
Unfortunately the prog doesn't appear to be available to listen again, sadly. *pout*
Andrea Boyd is a Nova Scotian, and woahman, can she play the pipes:
There's loads more of her online, I highly recommend a listen, if you like that sort of thing.
This has just been the biggest huge-wet-bag-of-nostalgia-slap-in-the-face I've had for a while, and it's strong! I played the pipes (well, starting with the beginner's 'chanter', of course) from when I moved to Scotland around age 8, until quite a few years later in high school when my Mum and I had a chat, and decided that with the introduction of fees, it wasn't worth continuing to learn as the eldest in a girls-only (rather than ability-level) class. Paying to teach others! Where's the mileage in that? The thoughtless sexism which caused me to quit makes me sad but I don't really regret it - it allowed me to focus more on academic and crafty pursuits. I do miss being good at an instrument though, one that felt so natural, and I especially miss making such a massive, beautiful noise.
I hope that one day I'll have the time and money to get my own set and learn again, though I have the far more challenging ukulele to learn first ;)