Early estimates put the coffee morning as raising over £200, so thank you to all who attended the event.
Special thanks must go to our organiser and to all the volunteers who manned the various stalls and made the wonderfully milky coffee (I confess I had three cups AND a Jaffa cake).
The sales stall was heaving with home bakes including a delicious looking cake labelled as Hedgehog loaf, inquiries confirmed it neither contained hedgehog nor was it full of mealworms and intended for hedgehogs but was a wonderful chocolaty concoction containing crushed biscuits and dried fruits.
Petticoat tails, gingerbreads, macaroons and lemon drizzle cakes shared space alongside fabulous homemade sweets, whisky truffles, chocolate and marshmallow fudges – YUM, delicious!
Together with orange marmalade, blackcurrant jam and tomato chutney there was something for everyone.
Gorgeous Dahlias and fragrant Chrysanthemums bloomed on the produce table, and again we were delighted that Alex brought a range of apple varieties for sale, then tomatoes from the greenhouse have such a mouth-watering aroma.
I had never seen the pale pink skinned knobbly tubers of Pink Fir potatoes before, turns out they are particularly good at holding their shape on boiling so are perfect for salads.
The marrows were HUGE, a single slice filled with a half tomato and sprinkled with herbs and grated cheese and baked for 10 minutes was a perfect lunch.
Various Alpine plants including some deep blue trumpet flowered Gentians were for sale and two Rhododendron seedlings, also on offer were quickly snapped up. Hand made cards with puffin paintings, various bat and bird boxes completed the wares for sale.
As ever our raffle was well prized, stocked with bottles, including a very nice non-alcoholic spiced punch, biscuits, sweets and lovely smellies.
Ron took advantage of the church’s new projector and screen and set up a looping slide show of wildlife covering plants, insects, birds, larger mammals and obscurely even a Red Panda – wonderful stuff.
Our winter meetings start up again tonight, Thursday, October 3, we meet at 7.30pm in Duns Parish Church Hall (situated behind the Post Office) and Heather McHaffee will be presenting a slide show entitled ‘The Scottish Plant Project at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh’.
Entry on the night is £1.50 and this includes tea and biscuits at the conclusion.
Please do come and join us you don’t have to be a member to attend.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a Scottish registered charity, number SC005792, and is based in Edinburgh.