You know it is winter when you have to get these out – my favourite thermal long-johns, not very flattering, but soon to become essential wearing under trousers in this cool climate, and of course, like red cars go faster, they keep you warmer because they are striped.
Then you really know it is winter when it snows – which it did this morning for the first time this year, only for a few minutes after a really heavy downpour, strong winds and hail. It melted immediately due to the rain, but the flakes were big and we will only get more as the season goes on.
The mail in recent days has brought some unexpected gifts, and a colourful post card from Emma, on the Scottish island of Skye, in return for Birthday the one I sent her. It is mostly paper collage and machine stitching, with a little bit of fabric.
This also came in the mail, from a friend who knows I love blue and white china, and it was found in a second hand shop in a little country town. It is Staffordshire pottery, and this design was made early last century, so could be almost a hundred years old. It is about 7 inches in diameter. It is really rather lovely and was accompanied by a lone Spode side plate.
There is a small owl collection that lives in this house, and occasionally there are additions….this from another friend I used to work with. The note that came with it advises that it is made of Aventurine. It also says that Green Aventurine is an excellent stone to carry during time of stress or turmoil. That it relaxes anxiety and fear, it is stimulating to muscle tissue, enhances your independence, health, well being and fortune. It encourages you to move forward from a limited perspective, regarding your capabilities, and expand to your full potential.. Aventurine assists you to explore and be creative with your life. It aids you to assess and make change to your life especially your career. It brings about a feeling of tranquility and gives a positive attitude. An all round healer.
I appreciate the gift, I like this little fellow, but really!?! He will live in a nice glass fronted cabinet with a lot of others, and I shall remember the person who gave him to me with fondness, and not hold my breath for all that other stuff.