Village Halls throughout the realm tend to be similar in size and all have a big stage with cramped dressing rooms at the back. However the style in which they are decorated does vary. Each village takes pride in doing up their hall once a year in a different style to the year before. The emphasis is on colour with giving a feeling of welcome to the place. Squabbles have been known to occur between villages over who pinched whose ideas for the latest decorating bout. All decorating is done in the early spring and all able bodied magical beings of whatever age are expected to take part in this work (without magic, it is felt manually redecorating is far more artistic than waving a wand about).
The Queen is unusual in having a hobby, gardening, as all of her ancestors have focussed on riding (unicorns), bossing the realm (Gwendolyn), doling out the goodwill and bringing errant beings into line. The Queen likes to think her hobby benefits the Council as if she’s more relaxed, that’s bound to help them but they don’t really approve. Hobbies are for peasants… L’Evallier, ironically, is the only one with some sympathy for the Queen here despite being the biggest snob as he is a collector of fine art, portraits in particular. But even he feels the Queen should not indulge in a hobby that gets her hands dirty. Eileen feels the gardening thing is the only way the monarch shows any spirit, some determination not to be totally bowed down by the weight of the Crown, and so is the only one to fully back Roxannadrell on this.