Having recovered from the Halloween party the night before folk on Graemsay were up early(ish) to prepare for the annual visit from the Longhope Lifeboat. They, along with the Ladies Guild, visit the island to raise money for the lifeboat.
They arrived on a calm afternoon, complete with Hector the Scotty Dog checking that all is in order.
Some of us took the ladies up to the hall so they could set up their stall with a tombola, raffle, and items from their shop.
Being Graemsay we had, of course, provided tea and homebakes.
Most of the island plus some visitors came along. The hall got pretty crowded!
Hector was hovering around ready to hoover up any food that fell to the floor!
Everyone busy buying for Christmas or wanting more raffle tickets! Almost the entire population was there. Um and yes we'd left the decorations up from the night before. Well it adds atmosphere!
Then it was time to get them all back to the pier so they could head off to Stromness before our own ferry arrived.
And I heard the next day that the folk of Graemsay had raised an amazing £412.13 (incredible for such a small population of about 23 folk!). There are times when this community fair takes my breath away. Amazing total for a wee island....