I'm really spoiling you with only a month between posts! To be honest, I've been put to shame by the efforts of my good friend Karen Bell of Karebell Designs and I thought I'd better pull my finger out.
The Isle of Arran continues to be good to us. After 5 months here, we've made a lot of friends, and the two knit clubs on the island have been very kind to say that they can't believe we've only been here less than half a year. Also, an fb page has been set up to encourage easier communication between crafters and event organisers. Unfortunately, one of the outlets that I'm in is due to close soon, which is a huge pity for Lisa, but I guess times change and you have to move with them. Who knows? Hopefully this marks an exciting and productive new time for Lisa. We certainly wish her all the best. The other two outlets continue to do well for us and the two Karens (!) are lovely ladies to deal with.
Steve has also been busy with our regular engineering business, but also getting involved with the Arran Vikings - which involved taking part in a 5-day 4-village Viking Festival Raid earlier in the year, where they got repelled by the local school children throwing water bombs!
One large event that's fast becoming an island tradition is Arran's Santa's Sparkle, held at the end of November. The major sponsors are no longer involved, so it's up to the island folk this year to make sure it goes ahead. We recently held a Belgian Beer Tasting event in one of the local hotels, which was attended by 20 people and was greatly enjoyed by all - and raised £200 for the event. Lots of other fundraising has been going on over the island, so I'm very much looking forward to our first experience of Arran's Santa's Sparkle. Island folk have spoken very enthusiastically about it, being a great family day to let our collective hair down and celebrate the start of festivities now that the tourists have departed (mostly!) for another season.
So that was a quick update for the month, but I'm looking forward to having more to say next month, as tourists diminish and the island starts planning for Christmas. With two crafts fairs, two girlie pamper sessions and Arran's Santa's Sparkle already arranged - all before we disappear to Bruges for Christmas! - I'm looking forward to giving a longer update next time.