Inside it was a silicone baking mat excellent for rolling out doughs and for using in place of parchment paper, and these small, yet beautiful Japanese tea tins. The gold flower paper covering the tins were hand-crafted in Japan. These were belated Birthday and ‘paper’ Wedding Anniversary presents. She wrote this is your paper anniversary, hence the paper covering.
She also wrote I went ahead and filled the tins with an assortment of nice teas from my kitchen, so they wouldn't be empty. And now, it is like we can have tea together, since we can share the same tea'. I am all choked up. There is oolong, spicy mint, Genmai cha and chocolate mint truffle tea, wow - I never knew that such a flavour existed. This of course had to be the first to try.
The chocolate mint truffle tea was absolutely delicious without milk. So if you are reading this dearest friend Thank you my dearest friend for the wonderful surprise. I miss you truly. One-day, we will share a cup a tea and a piece of cake at the same table.
She thinks she’s a terrible friend for the delay in forwarding these gifts, I am just as bad too. I went to Kelburn Castle and Country estate in the West of Scotland five-six years ago and got the pottery shop there to make her a handmade salt pig. The salt pig is still with me. I am too afraid to post it in case it breaks. Maybe it is time to forward it to its rightful owner. Oh, this made me smile too, this brown paper bag was used by my dear friend to carefully wrap my gifts. It is one I would frame. Wouldn't you?!