I have been remiss with my blogging this year. A couple of events that took place, I have delayed in sharing!
My last post was one and now, finally, this!
Back in January I was re-reading some posts and the accompanying comments. I visited some of my commentors blogs. Becs, of Catching Sundust, was one of those blogs. It was early in the morning and I was the first to read her post and leave a comment. It was a gratitude post to her readers. Of course I left a comment and few months later I received my gift from Becs and was I blown away with her generosity!
In the mosaic of images here, one of the gifts is missing. It was consumed and the box disappeared before I could get my pictures. It was chocolate! So I’ll tell you about it – Luscious! It was what the British call, Spotted Dick. Here is a link to what I received and this is what they have to say about the product:
“Steaming a log shaped chocolate bar doesn’t work so well, but the spotted part of the name is easy enough to interpret while other bits that sounded great in 1850 are now harder to unravel. This was one of those puddings that never really sounded that great but always tasted like heaven; especially with custard…we loved this Venezuelan milk chocolate as our custard replacement.”
Here is a link at Huffington Post about Spotted Dick. And a link to a recipe for the pudding version.
The Tea Tins I received are adorable. The tins are made to look like three British icons and on the back of the package it says this:
- The Post Box – Pillar post boxes have been in use since 1852. There are over 100,000 post boxes in Britain.
- The Telephone Box – This design was not universally liked when introduced in the 1920s, but has since become a much-loved British icon.
- The Routemaster Bus – This classic bus remains such a popular symbol of London that a new version is being introduced.
The three teas are English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and English Afternoon. I have always loved Earl Grey but the other two are equally as enjoyable.
The third package in this gracious gift is a book. Specifically a book of patterns. The book is an introduction to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of over 3 million designs for wallpaper, textiles, prints, and decorations. The book itself is a work of art. It also has a CD enclosed! I haven’t had a chance to try some of them as a background or texture in my personal projects but am looking forward to it.
Becs bought all of these gifts at her favorite shop, Liberty, in London. The gifts were artfully wrapped in brown paper and string. While I opened these gifts my cat, Gabby, enjoyed it too. She loves the box everything came in and the string that each gift was tied with. She squeezed herself into the box and enjoyed while I opened my gifts. Then we had to take a break and play with the string.
So, I think now that I’ve finally gotten this late post done, I will treat myself and make a cup of Earl Grey tea. Then, I’ll spend time with Gabby, playing with the string, and reminisce about the generosity of someone I would never have met if it weren’t for this wonderful blogosphere we are a part of.
A message to Becs – One of my dream vacations is to take an English Garden tour. When I come to Britain, I would love to meet and thank you in person for your warm generosity.
Love and Gratitude,
The images clockwise starting at top left – Post Box tea tin; everything in gift package (except the Spotted Dick and wrapping paper); Telephone Box tea tin; a page in the V&A Pattern book; Routemaster Bus tea tin (taken at an angle to show that the image wraps around the tin); front cover of the V&A Pattern book.
If you haven’t already had the pleasure of visiting Becs blog, Catching Sundust, please do. She takes beautiful pictures and has a major talent for writing. She is an inspiration to me. Thank you, again!