Hello dear friends! And a very happy hello to you, plus a very big thank you for voting for me on the Dorset Cereals little blogs awards site. Just had a little peek to see how many votes I've received so far, and found that 94 lovely people have voted for me! 94!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me feel ever so happy you know!
(If you haven't voted yet, and you feel you'd like to, just pop over here, and cast a vote for me, I'd be ever so thrilled to get more votes than I already have!)
I've only allowed myself to look at the ratings twice today. (Self-control expert, me, don't you think?!) Each time I've looked, the numbers have jumped upwards quite a bit. And you've been telling me in your comments what number vote you are, so I've been getting an idea of how things are going that way. The excitement! I feel like I'm in some sort of game, where I'm the main player, but my moves all depend on you dear readers! It's fun, and it goes on till the end of the month. This is the closest I'll ever get to running in an election.
I have a penpal. (Don't think I ever had one when I was a young girl, so I'm coming to this a bit late on in life). My penpal is Hen, at Hen House. We've just started a little correspondence, accompanied by gifts.
The postman rang the door bell, (just after I'd waved off my sister and her family on Monday), and handed me a pink package. And in that package were more packages, lots of them. And a letter inside a card, and magazine clippings. And, well, it was a very, very, very, very, nice thing to receive and open. Each gift was wrapped in candy pink tissue paper, (gorgeous). Hen must be one of an entirely new breed of penpals, which I thoroughly approve of, utterly!
My pen-and-gift pal knows my tastes exactly. Or should that be, we have exactly the same taste? I love everything Hen has sent me, it's all spot on. I'm a very fortunate and privileged person.
There were some extra special gifts in the parcel, handmade by Hen. Hen knows I'm partial to wearing an apron, and so she gave me this fabulous apron she made (the one in the photo above). The coasters in the first photo, the one's with the lovely big blooms on them? She made those too, I love them, they're beautiful. Unexpected gifts these, a complete surprise, I'm absolutely thrilled with them, and I love, love, love them!
Every gift was a pleasure to receive, from the spotty pink nail file, to the beautiful notebook, the little flower candles (which it's going to be almost impossible to light), and the lovely cup cake cases. Opening the handmade gifts was special, partly because I'm a huge fan of receiving handmade gifts, and partly because I think they're beautiful.
Receiving a hand written letter felt special too, it's not so common these days is it? I love a hand written card, whether it's me sending, or receiving, I love both. Seeing someone's actual handwriting, after only communicating by e-mail is rather wonderful, and a very human experience. I wonder if having a penpal will make a 'return', and be more widely practised, like crafting is getting to be?
I shall be sending Hen her package next month, exciting to get that together! I have already started, but naturally it's all top secret, sorry about that.
I really must take the doggies for a walk, and stretch their tiny little Miniature Dachshund legs, even if they do look like they're not really up to it, snuggled up on the sofa as they are. Maybe I'll give Hugo a call at work, and organise to walk the dogs to his office, and collect him, then we can all have a leg stretch together. Better get moving then, hadn't I? Well, lovely to see you, nice to chat, and hopefully, see you tomorrow. Love Vanessa xxx