Since beginning this blog, I have made a number of good blogger friends, some have remained friends, others have drifted away. When the opportunity presents itself, I have mentioned some of my blogger friends on my blog posts. Today, I would like to introduce you to Brenda at Gardeningbren in Nova Scotia, Canada. I think I discovered Brenda's blog in July 2010 and have been reading it ever since. Its always lovely to stumble across people who share the same interests as you, even if they are on the other side of the world.
Well a few months ago, before I left Scotland. We had promised to exchange tea-towels made in our respected countries. Brenda waited patiently for me to move home (Scotland to Wales, U.K)and then forwarded me with this home-warming gift. Out of the generous sized envelope first came a beautiful botanical themed tea-towel appropriately named 'Garden Friends'. It is utterly wonderful. I have to admit, I am a bit of a tea towel hoarder and don't really like using the pretty tea towels and often keep them for display, so this will be cherished and I will try and find a place on one of my walls. Thank you so much Brenda.
Next came out of the packets was seeds, oh so many seeds to sow. I am excited. To name a few with there evocative names, there is:
Courgette Black Beauty
Dragon Tongue Bush Bean
Fortex Pole Bean
Kohlrabi Early White Vienna
Lazy Housewife Green Snap Pole Bean
Spinach King of Denmark
Sweet Green and Reds
Tasmanian Chocolate Tomato Dwarf
I need to get my skates on and sow some of them this week.
In the package there was also a memoir called Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan. Its been a long while since I read a book, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. Its got some good recipes too, such as Rose Petal Ice-cream. I can't wait to make and try it. Within the pages of the hardback book I found a beautiful silver bookmark, which I am going to keep for my Christmas tree this year. It will dangle and glisten from the tree and remind me of my many blog friendships.
I also loved the envelope smothered with affection in lots of Canadian stamps. Click on the images for a closer gander. I totally made me smile. Thank you so so much Brenda. Your warm loving gifts are truly appreciated.
Please, please do go by and visit Brenda at Gardeningbren in Nova Scotia . I know she will give you a very warm welcome.