Today is a very driech day and I am sitting in the foyer of the Birnham Hotel (near Dunkeld in Perthsire) during a quiet lull at a craft fair.
This is me now half way through the run of Christmas craft fairs. Despite the recession the fairs are all going well. People are perhaps cautious with their spending, but I think people are choosing to spend their limited funds on things which they know will be valued and will last.
The weather today is conducive to selling hats. I have just had a friend from Inverness call at my stall and she says that they left Inverness in beautiful sunshine this morning, but here it is dull, grey, drizzly and cold. Various styles sold at this fair - Catriona, Morag, Callum, Angus and Mairi have all proved popular and I will have to make more of each before next weekend's craft fair at Eden Court in Inverness.
Top seller at this fair - and indeed the last two - are definitely Shetland Angels. These are made with Shetland wool that I tie up with hand-spun Shetland yarn - and yes, I do the spinning myself too! They have been fairly flying off the Christmas tree yesterday and today.
Two more Craft Fair events -
18th to 20th November - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
2pm to 9pm on the Friday and 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday.
25th to 27th November - Brodie Castle, Moray
10am to 4 pm all three days.
If you can't make it to the craft fairs you are welcome to call at my studio at Inchmore, just 6 miles out of Inverness on the old Beauly road. And if you can't visit the Highlands at all, remember there is always the on-line shop.