Exciting times for the island now! Our gym equipment arrived off the boat yesterday: we have a bike, a treadmill and an elliptical trainer, with some light weights and resistance bands on the way!
We had a good squint around the pieces last night at the RNLI sale. I’m looking forward to having a proper go on them! The wind has been howling here for the past 4 days and with the occasional shower, it’s just not been weather to be out and about. Although we did have our fortnightly movie night on Wednesday, with an even greater turn out than we normally have. If memory serves we had 9 all huddled around the projector watching Brooklyn.
Today has been the first day that the wind and rain have eased up enough to get out. I obviously wasn’t the only one thinking the same as others venture out! I was getting a bit stir crazy in the house to be honest, I’ve got a rare week off this week and I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve just started a new jigsaw, a pack of 3 (1x 1000 and 2x 500 pieces) of ‘Cosmic Dolphins’. I bought it at the RNLI sale last year. It’s about as random as it gets in terms of pictures – dolphins swimming around outer space but it’s colourful! I enjoy doing jigsaws and reading in the winter but for some reason, I still feel that there could be something more productive I could be doing with my time. Maybe it’s the islander in me – no time for frivolities! Still for this week at least I’m ignoring that and relaxing as much as possible.
We had about 30 people at the RNLI sale last night, so most of the island in attendance. It usually brings a lot of us together to raise money for the lifeboats and of course we get our Christmas cards and calendars. I also got a Philadelphia pie, and a couple of books.
Not only are we raising money for the RNLI by selling all manner of things but we also hold a raffle and auction off a Christmas cake! Then we sit together, drinking tea and coffee with some sandwiches while the wind whips around the community centre. I always think that the cold windy nights will keep people inside but it rarely does. It just highlights the importance of these nights, not only for charity but for us, like the gym equipment will hopefully be, getting together and socialising (and sweating in the gym’s case) instead of choosing the easier and lonelier option of staying inside by the fire for 6 months!