The weather has continued to be abysmal, with just the occasional couple of hours on some days being mild and sunny. So we've managed a few walks and shopping trips, but otherwise we're content to stay inside.
It was the occasion of the Halloween party last night. The day started – in the pouring rain and strong winds – with a coffee morning in aid of MacMillanCancer Support, and a good number of wet folk turned out for that. We bought seven DVDs and a really smart, new, boxed pair of packs of high quality playing cards (we play RummiKub a lot, but with cards rather than tiles!) from the bric-a-brac stall, and enjoyed coffee and cake there. At the party in the evening – which started in similar weather – there were raffles, auctions and cake sales to raise more money for the same charity. £500 was raised last year, and Carol, the organiser, was hoping to top that this year.
The party was good fun, needing two adjoining marquees to accommodate the crowd, much bigger than last year. The ground was sodden, with puddles actually inside the marquees in the morning, but the farmer owners of the marina had supplied loads of straw, and by the evening the ground was covered with a thick layer which stopped the water from being a problem. There was live music provided by a number of the moorers, a quiz (in which our table came second of seventeen), and Indian or Chinese food delivered from local take-aways. A number of people were in fancy dress. Unfortunately, some of my photos suffered from poor lighting where I used zoom, and the flash didn't illuminate the subject adequately, but I include them anyway, for the record. The best fancy dress in my opinion, but not according to the majority, was a pirate, but my photo of him really was too bad to keep.
We left the party at around 11:00, and the skies had cleared to leave a very clear, starbright sky, and it looked very likely that we would have a hard frost. However, we woke this morning to more heavy rain. We're going back to St Albans today, probably until Tuesday. It'll be good to see the “kids” again! It's an opportunity, too, to take stuff back for the winter.