There are some things our community here on Rum does incredibly well. Yesterday we had our Christmas Fayre which is a bit of a mish mash of arts, crafts, makes and bakes from locals up for sale so that we can support each other and local business in our purchasing of Christmas presents, decorations and festive produce, our mince pie competitions, the decoration of our village hall and an excuse to get together, drink mulled wine and start feeling Christmassy.
There was a great array of things for sale on the table – knitted and crocheted decorations and hats, scarves, bags and shawls. Felted pictures, felted treasure cocoons, home made jams, marmalades, pickled onions, cranberry sauce. Scarlett had her Moods of Rum candles and Davies put out his Christmas cards. I had some moods of Rum scarves, jars of various preserves and some of my midges in resin. I think everyone did pretty well selling a few things.
There was plenty to eat and drink – mulled wine (my speciality, I always feel like Christmas is properly coming once I’ve had my first glass of mulled wine of the season 🙂 ), hot chocolate, mince pies and lots of nice cakes from various people. We drafted in one of our regular visitors (a resident’s Dad) to be the Impartial Judge of the mince pie competition and he took to the role with gusto, remarking on all aspects of the pies before choosing a winner.
It was also Scarlett’s birthday so we had taken a cake down to light candles and sing Happy Birthday and share. Scarlett had some lovely gifts from various people – I am always reminded how well the people here know each other when it comes to birthday gifts – they are always thoughtful, often handmade and carefully chosen based on knowing the recipient rather than something picked up at the supermarket with the weekly shopping. Both Davies and Scarlett have been given vouchers for their birthdays this year by various residents but rather than gift vouchers to redeem at a large high street store or online retailer they are vouchers to ‘spend’ on time with a resident, learning a new skill or taking advantage of their knowledge. So lovely.
The tree was the one Scarlett had felled the day before, Ady had to take a bit more off it before it stood up it was so tall! Funny how it looked quite small in the outdoors but once inside it appeared to grow rather! Decorating it was a collaborative effort and it looks lovely twinkling away in the corner of our hall ready to witness the nativty play, island secret santa gift exchange and of course Hogmanay later this month.