There was a fabulous seasonal atmosphere yesterday when we arrived at the Lochinch Castle Victorian Charity Christmas Fair. The Victorian Stables and Christmas Marquee were filled with stalls of arts, crafts and produce many of which were manned by ladies and gentleman dressed in their period finery. We brought a small gang from Barr and despite our (usual) rather late arrival, managed to navigate our way around most of the exhibits and some of the scrumptious local produce.
We were particularly impressed by Galloway Lodge Preserves and sampled a number of their products. Mary Lou’s favourite was the Hot Tomato Pickle. The Mango and Chilli Chutney was good too – (not too sweet with a bit of a kick!). The Beetroot Chutney we thought sounded a strange idea but tasted delicious. The Strawberry Jam was very tasty and not too sweet. The Poachers pickle we all agreed would be super with a ploughman’s lunch. Alasdair loved the Cranberry & Post jelly and promises we’ll try it with crumbed ham. Sounds good to me!
Less edible but equally desirable were the fine italian leather bags displayed by Mimu. I’m definitely adding this reversible shoulder bag to my Christmas wish list. I thought for such good quality they were extremely well priced.
Of course we should be thinking of others first when looking at Christmas gifts (blushing) … I’m going to revisit The Silk Journey when it comes to buying for one of my stylish friends. Apparently their opulent, oriental looking reversible silk -look jackets are fully machine washable. Would probably need to accompanied by some of the colourful beads from Brunty Beads .
Mary Lou and I were both very tempted by the faux fur and waterproof hats (which you tweak inside to fit your head size perfectly) at The Saucy Stag , (Penny the stall holder came all the way from Suffolk).
It was very good way to spend a Saturday afternoon in November and it would be heavenly to get home, collapse in a heap and cuddle up with a soft and cuddly cushion from Vintage & Green Crafts (see their facebook page).
So our final recommendation would be that if you missed this year’s event – don’t miss next!