Island at the Edge

Island at the Edge
The Gathering, Cable Bay, Colonsay

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) arrives in Colonsay...

OOh, aahh, nom nom!! 
What an absolute treat Kapitein, Samster, Wolfie and I had last night! St Nicholas arrived with a wonderful package of fabulous goodies.
Sinterklaas (St Nicholas) travelled to Colonsay all the way from the Netherlands. I am not sure if he was wearing his red bishop's robes but he travels with his servant called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter). 

They delivered the most delightful package of traditional goodies for us all to eat. Kapitein and I didn't know where to start!
We chomped on Gevuld Speculaas - a spiced cake filled with almond paste, Speculaas Staaf - a type of spiced biscuit log and the most delicious Bakkers Speculass - spiced biscuits. 

Last but by no means least, we have the largest chocolate initials I have ever seen! Those will take some nibbling that's for sure.

In the Netherlands, when Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet come ashore in the boat all the way from Madrid, all of the local church bells ring in celebration. Sinterklaas then leads a procession through the town, riding a white horse. 
We are told that Zwarte Piet keeps a record of all the things we have done in the past year, in a book, and if we have been good, we will get presents from Sinterklaas, but if we have been bad we will get chased by Zwarte Piet with a stick!
So it's official, Kapitein, Samster, Wolfie and I must have been very, very good this year. 

Have your finished your Christmas shopping yet?
If not, we have some wonderful gift ideas on: Happy shopping.


  1. Well, that's funny! I was clicking on a link on Twitter (from Woolsack UK) to see some Hebridean yarn, sitting at the computer in The Netherlands. Came over to this blog on living on Colonsay to encounter... Sinterklaas! :-D Just went back to the webshop to order me some yarn :-)

    Groeten uit Rotterdam!

    1. Hi Pauline,
      Greetings from Colonsay,
      Kapitein speaks fluent Dutch! Your wool is being dispatched as I write.
      Bedankt voor uw bestelling.