Sunday, 28 February 2010

seven days

Ali's seven days of specialness had to be my February highlight. My swap partner Pennie went to enormous trouble to ensure I felt very special.

There were the delicious lemon muffins to get the show on the road.... then there was chocolate (eaten before the camera got anywhere near it), a tin of Tregothnan tea (did you know tea is grown in Cornwall?), a beautiful red felty bowl, aniseed balls (a favourite of mine which I apparently mentioned on a post in the distant past. See, Pennie was so very thorough with her research).


A fishy cross stitched bookmark , seen here nestling between the covers of Nigel's latest. I can recommend his cabbage soup recipe.


Five tiny pots, planted with herb seeds. So far, four have germinated. I'll be eating some marjoram, basil, sage and dill this summer. Fingers crossed for the thyme. (note to self - they need pricking out).


A packet of sweet pea seeds, in my favourite deep red (get your own here).


And finally, this beautiful scarf, knitted just for me.


This really blew me away. I love the pattern, the colour, everything. Waves of beautiful silky blue rippling along its length. No-one has ever knitted me anything before, so you can imagine how special this felt. I've had several attempts at photographs, and none of them have really worked. This is as good as it gets.

Pennie, thank you so very much.

Ali, can we make this an annual event?

15 comments:

Ali said...

Y'know, we just might have to. It was fun and I have been so so warmed to hear the tales of the trouble folks have gone to in order to please their partners.

Your parcel was thoughtful and very smile inducing (especially the aniseed balls).

A Time to Dance said...

What a beautiful presents and photographed in true 'Toast catalogue stlye'...although the old rusty bike was missing! What lovely gifts...lucky you...I bought some aniseed balls on saturday...I like them in my car...and no I dont throw them at pesky drivers who cut me up!...hope you are well...I keep trying to find time to do a post...but not finshing it...maybe tomorrow....

Lisa said...

A very thoughtful and generous selction of presents. The scarf is very beautiful indeed.
Lisa x

Simone said...

A beautiful selection of presents. So much thought, care and attention have gone into choosing them for you. x

TheMadHouse said...

Oh I missed the swap this year, but do think Ali should make it an annual event. Just wonderful thoughtful gifts and also the scarf is wonderful

Gina said...

All such thoughtful presents but that scarf has to be the best! It's gorgeous.

ginny said...

what wonderful gifts.. the scarf is so very very you x hope these gifts have lifted your 'grumps'too.
the sun is shining here today ... hope it is for you too
much love x

Pipany said...

I wish I had done the swap now diana. That scarf was truly gorgeous wasn't it? Thank you dear soul ffor the tribute to davey in the last post...of course his head will barely fit through the doorway now!!! Hope you have a better week and that the sun shines. It's March!
(Ps. thanks for the Shallal info which we are going to try to make, though Lucy has a huge run of birthday sleepovers calling...huh!) xx

Kate said...

You have given us some fantastic links today - the tea sounds very intriguing and is something I absolutely have to try. I grew up in Cornwall (my parents live there still) and had no idea that tea was being produced there, I wonder if my parents know.

That scarf is really something, gorgeous - how lucky you are.

Cottage Garden said...

What thoughtful gifts from Pennie - your scarf is beautiful.

We brought back loads of Tregothnan tea from our trip to Cornwall last year - it makes a lovely cuppa!

Off to check out all those interesting links.

Jeanne x

The Curious Cat said...

what a beautiful scarf! Lucky you!!! xxx

Fiona said...

What beautiful gifts. Yet more evidence of the generosity of bloggers.

snap + tumble said...

that is one lovely scarf. and your photos are beautiful. i especially like the first one and the one of the scarf :)

Discerning Admirer said...

A blue tagliatelle scarf - very Italian!

notesfromthefrugaltrenches said...

What a lovely lovely post! Hope to reply to your email today, now that I'm back!