I have been feeling very spoilt lately having received a series of just because gifts from lovely people who have seen something and thought I would appreciate it. Now don’t get the wrong idea here, none of these are from Mr Good. I would be a very fortunate woman indeed if it were Mr Good giving the gifts and if this was a regular thing. That is not the case, he just doesn’t think like that. In fact we really don’t do gifts for each other, even for special occasions. We tend to mark these events in other ways (if we remember them, we’re both as bad as the other on that front).
However, my lovely, lovely sister is a gift giver and the girls and myself were the lucky recipients this time. The girls got a pack each of wonderful, colourful paper and ribbon offcuts and stickers from a very special paper shop. They’re fabulous, I kind of want them for myself but I’m being good. Miss Two and Miss Four used the new supplies to make lovely Father’s Day cards. The present for me was completely fantastic, a crochet pattern book that I’d had my eye on. I had very nearly bought it for myself but the girls were at the end of their tether when I thought we’d stop in at the wool shop so I gave up and went home. How fortuitous?
The book is chock full of great patterns, I want to make them all! I’ve shown a couple of my particular favourites above. How cute is that granny squares dress?
The second gift was another book, this one on growing fruit trees in Australia. It was given to me by my aunt-in-law who had been to a talk from the author with her garden club. She was fascinated by the fruit trees this local Melbournian was growing in his standard suburban backyard. I haven’t delved too far into it yet, but I’m itching to get into the garden and fruit trees are certainly on the agenda.
And the final gift I received this afternoon from my neighbour. Mr Good had chatted to her when we first moved in, but I hadn’t really had the opportunity. I did speak to her once when she was having trouble starting her car and having a generally bloody awful day, not that I knew that at the time. I figured she was stressed about the car so completely understood her shortness. But as I chatted to her over the fence this morning she apologised for that and handed me a gorgeous bunch of flowers picked from her garden. Yay, fresh flowers and getting to know neighbours, two things I love.
Of course giving is just as important as getting and I’ll be looking for opportunities to return the favour or to give to someone else. I have been giving away books to friends (as well as op shops) and the girls have given a train set they no longer used to a friend’s son to add to his collection. And I can’t wait to have something from the garden to give to family, friends and neighbours…. but that’s a while off.
So what’s the best just-because present you’ve received or given? What made it so special?