I am having the most wonderful day!! And it's Monday, so THAT doesn't normally happen.
I got home from work at 8am, just as there was a bustle out of the door for school.
On went the kettle, and out went the girls. The Moo is a bit under the weather (vets later I think), but managed her usual howling announcement that the postman had arrived. He didn't disappoint! Firstly, he brought a little deal I did on eBay for some jumbled up old knitting needles......
I love the colours and the bobbly tops, and I think they'll look rather great in the 'keeper of knitting needles'.
The second parcel, has left me in a bit of a magical spell ever since it arrived......
A lady called Carol, had read a book that I had read. 'Tuesdays With Morrie'. It's a very special and touching book, and if you haven't read it, then you really should. It may change your life a little, or a lot, for the better. I commented on Carol's photograph of this special book, and enquired as to whether she had read another tale by the same author. Carol hadn't. But she wanted to....she said that she looked for it regularly at car boot sales. It seemed a bit sad that this book sat on my shelf, collecting dust, when maybe it was in fact the copy that was destined to find its way to its fated next reader. I asked Carol, who I don't know, if she would like me to send her the book. Carol did....and on sending me her address, she asked for mine.....and would I like some plants and seeds. Well yes, I really would! How lovely.....a sweet swap.
Carol was much more efficient than I, and got her parcel to me in the post straight away. Now take a look at what was inside.
Lots and lots of beautiful cuttings, gently wrapped and labelled with copper tags, which according to Carol, are very good at deterring slimy slugs.
I couldn't believe this parcel. I couldn't believe that a stranger would take such time and care to share these new planty beginnings with me.
I was...I AM, astounded at Carol's thoughtfulness and generosity. I got straight outside (well actually, I got on the net to look up all the fancy pant plant names first), to put these new beginnings into the earth, from Carol's patch of the world, to mine.
In my patch, this climber has started to turn red practically overnight! Three days ago it was entirely lush green. How des it DO that? If I stood still long enough, surely I would see it change slowly into this bright burning red, with my two little human eyes! I'm not going to try.
I've made a terrible mess, there's soil everywhere, as it was a not very nice, drizzly day here in the Midlands. Oh but I've had such a lovely time. Every wrapping of newspaper my hands unbound, I've imagined the sweet hands that have wrapped and tagged and lovingly packaged these cuttings. I believe my book was supposed to find it's way to Carol. Maybe it will speak to her in a way it didn't to me. Maybe it will mean that the postman takes a minute longer at her door, and thus runs in to an old friend from the past, or maybe a future love.
I had a good, muddy day.
The Moo got tired of waiting for me to come inside and put the washing away, so just lay on it instead.
I had cheese and biscuits for lunch to celebrate my marvellous Monday.
And I'm soaking some pieces of treasure I found along the way.
Just to top today off, Monkey Socks brought home some fruity flapjacks the she has made at school, which are completely delicious....Man has started cooking dinner, completely unprompted (unusual)....and I don't have to be in work until 3pm tomorrow!
My soul feels good.
Thank you Carol x