ARISAIG women’s institute kicked off its first meeting of the season with a talk from Tim Robinson on herbalism.
Ten members and one visitor enjoyed the presentation and the refreshments afterwards.
This month’s raffle winner was June Cairns. Margaret MacEachen took first place in the posy of herbs contest, followed by Vera MacDonald in second and Ann Lamont in third.
It was a double whammy for Margaret who also took first in the competition for a recipe using herbs. Again she was followed by Vera MacDonald and Yvonne MacDonald took third.
ARISAIG residents enjoyed another warm and dry month in October, according to amateur meteorologist Ranald Coyne.
Less than four inches of rain fell in the village last month, well below average for this time of year. Despite this, rainfall for the year so far is still higher than usual, at 48 inches, due to the wet summer.
The daily temperature ranged from 8°C to 17.8°C, both warmer than usual. The coldest night was a mild 4°C and the hottest day was 24°C, a scorcher for October.
Ranald added that few of the trees had lost their leaves and many flowers were still in bloom, which was unusual for this time of year.