Brace yourselves for some surprising news.
Gallivanta is about to attempt something very difficult …for her….which is to write a simple, straightforward post. Will she succeed? You can be the judge.
Here we go.
My plan is twofold: to give thanks to a kindred blogger; and to propose a toast in her honour.
I want to acknowledge and thank Pauline, The Contented Crafter, for a beautiful giveaway. Pauline is a multi-media artist, and a devoted companion to the irrepressibly joyful Siddy, and to the stately and dignified Orlando. She is a compatriot of mine and she lives in the south of New Zealand. The giveaway was in celebration of a very important birthday for Pauline and the beginning of her official ‘re
The giveaway package arrived,
just before my sudden departure to Cairns at the end of September, which meant I didn’t get to appreciate it fully until my return home at the beginning of this month. And, my goodness, when I opened the parcel, what a spread there was to appreciate. I was overwhelmed by Pauline’s generosity. There were cards, postcards, a bookmark, all lovingly created by her own contented hands and heart,
and sweetest of all were the Bunnies; a pair of handcrafted Hugging Bunnies, which Pauline had knitted in response to my Happiness in a Bag post.
After my harrowing goodbye to aged loved ones, can you imagine the comfort and delight I found in coming home to the fruits of Pauline’s gentle, joyous crafting?
Now for a toast.
To Pauline; to her continued contentment, the best possible health, and a long and fruitful re
tirevivement. I raise my cup of chocolate, in my best Bunnykins mug. Please join me with your favourite beverage/tipple. 🙂 Let us be upstanding. To Pauline!
With love from Gallivanta and Jack to Pauline, Orlando and Siddy.
Ps. How did I do? Only two links. That’s pretty good for me, don’t you think? 😉 But perhaps still not that straightforward. Sigh!
Thank you for sharing, Amanda. What fun seeing all of Pauline’s artwork/postcards side by side. I had forgotten about the kissing bunnies. Aren’t they a delight? Sending love and light your way. xo
The same to you, Alys. Pauline is a big loss to our blogging community. I am glad we have her art/her stories and our memories on the blogosphere.
I am too. xo
I really enjoyed Pauline’s artwork. That was a very nice gift.
It was very nice. Now I have to get busy with sending some cards!
Beautiful artwork. I love bunnies, too–so cute.
Thank you. 🙂 It’s fun to share the contents of my giveaway prize.
I’m going to have to hop over to her blog. Beautiful artwork.
Yes, my photos don’t do it justice. Have fun. Hop like a bunny and it will be even more fun. 😀
What a gorgeous package to receive! So love-filled, so thoughtful! And that everything was handcrafted is just amazing. There are some truly wonderful people out there. And I really need to catch up on my reading, it seems… I hope you are ok… your family too ❤
One of the columnists in our newspaper wrote about how dreadful commenters can be on social media. Whilst this is true,( there is some really vile stuff out there), I emailed him and protested that my experience, and that of many others, is that the internet can be a wonderful place. So far I have had two years of positive blogging; people are thoughtful, generous and kind and I believe they are actually in the majority.
I totally agree with you! My contact with people via social media/wordpress has seen me through some very challenging times with empathy, inspiration and kindness. I know that some forums can be catty and downright nasty, but I would like to think that if I put good “energy” out there, it will be what returns to me too, for the most part x
Yes! Here’s to good ‘energy’ and lots of it. Can we toast with an IQS version of pink lemonade?
I’d love to! And actually that’s a great idea for next summer! I’ll be making that (and dedicating it to you!) xx
A special toast indeed! I have several bunny ‘items’ and I love each one dearly. Bunnies hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I often pretended to be a long-eared bunny and we spent a great deal of time in the hay-loft of the barn.
What a sweet image I now have of you, pretending to be a long-eared bunny. Were rabbits a problem on the family farm?
The only bunnies we saw on the farm was when Dad was mowing alfalfa which would later be bailed into hay and stored in the barn for winter feeding of the cattle. Three or four time a season he’d mow over a rabbit hole and unearth a rabbit with several young bunnies. Dad ever so patiently explained to us the rabbits were not meant to be tamed but were meant to live in the wild. He taught us it would be cruel to take the bunnies away from the life they knew only to go into cages to eventually die without their family close by. Rabbits were never a problem as there was always enough for them to eat and water and they didn’t over-populate. The environment was taking care of itself in those days when it had individuals such as my father, a perfect steward of the land.
I instantly signed onto your friends Etsy store hoping to find some of the crochet bunnies available along with other whimsical items. Her postcards are indeed lovely.
How lovely to have that fine example of stewardship in your life. Very, very precious. Pauline will appreciate your interest in her bunnies. I have a feeling that the one she gave me was a prototype. 🙂
Let’s hope so. I’ve already checked her Etsy store!
Perhaps she would do a special order? 🙂
Wow!!! I just read this post—-WOW..ADORABLE BUNNIES:-).I have some of Pauline’s cards + they are beautiful. She is a talented, gifted artist + a very wise, kind soul. I had no idea she made bunnies that cute!!!!
You sure are a blessed person to get that beautiful package. Pauline is a treasure:-) shoot she is a present!
Lol! Yes, Pauline is a present. Her presence alone is a present. The bunnies were made from knitted squares. Clever, don’t you think? 🙂
How generous and sweet. I believe – you, dear Gallivanta, bring out the best in your followers too!
Thank you Ann-Christine. You are kind.
What a lovely, thoughtful, kind thing to do for someone else. Congrats to you both, the giver and the recipient.
Thank you Cynthia. I am writing on one of the cards now. Sending it to a friend in Maine for Thanksgiving.
And your post was quite straightforward but I know you’ll be back to those detours and tangents that I like!
I am incorrigible, so, yes!
Pauline is sweet to give you those beautiful cards…
“The Faces of Contentment”, yes, indeed, dear Gallivanta.
Happy almost weekend ahead to you and best wishes, always,
Happy Weekend to you, too, Aquileana. I am wearing my contented face this morning. Hope you are as well. 🙂
Oh my, I do agree…Pauline is very talented. Loved the knitted bunnies. I can’t even imagine trying to do that. And what beautiful cards…cheers to Pauline!
Thanks Mrs P. Lovely to see you back on the blogosphere. 🙂
I smiled to see the conversation about thank-you notes. I was taught to write them out, and not only the obligatory ones for birthday and Christmas gifts. If someone did something especially nice, out of season, a brief note was considered to be “the thing to do.” I fell a bit out of the habit (let us be clear: I completely fell out of the habit) after I met my computer, but that little infatuation with e-cards is over, and I’m back to pen and ink.
I’m especially fond of the bunnies. Have you seen the film called “A Christmas Story”? The main character, a boy of about ten, is given a pink bunny suit with attached pink bunny slippers by his aunt. It’s truly horrid. He’s made to try it one. His mother swoons, his dad says, “Get that thing off!” I never had bunny slippers, but I did once have a pair of reindeer.
For a moment, there, I wasn’t sure if I had seen A Christmas Story but when I found a clip on youtube I remembered that I had seen it. Indeed, many times over. It was a favourite with my kids, who never had bunny slippers or reindeer slippers but may have wanted them for all I know. My son definitely pined for a BB gun. Thank you so much for reminding me of this cinematic gem. Instead of a polite thank you note, I will post this clip which is making me laugh and laugh.
Isn’t it wonderful? Every Christmas season, I watch the film several times.As a matter of fact, I asked Santa for the DVD one year, and got it. If you want to know what my childhood was like (minus the bunny suit) this film will show you. There are so many similarities to 1950s Iowa it’s unbelievable. Mom and I used to watch it together and just howl. We even had a coal furnace that would get “clinkers” and send smoke through the house.
I had nothing with which to compare it but it was still hilarious. It’s tremendous fun when films strike a chord like this one did for you and your mother.
Indeed what generosity! I toast to that indeed, with a hot chocolate, it is cold in Ohio;0) And how appropiate: a knitting related Bunnyskins! I am of to Paulines blog!
Enjoy your visit. I have been wanting to find an excuse to display my mug on the blog; I finally found one. 🙂 🙂 The Bunnykins china was very much a part of my childhood and that of my children, too.
What a lovely gift!! And a surprisingly straight forward toast 😉
Surprisingly straight forward indeed, although there appear to be some complexities developing in the comments. 😀
Will have to check that out 🙂
Please do if you have a moment to spare. 🙂
Pauline is indeed wonderful (and generous). Thank you for sharing photos of these beauties. 🙂
Twisted, as Pauline likes to call you ( 😉 ), so glad you enjoyed the photos. They didn’t turn out as well as I wanted them to, but at least they give an idea of Pauline’s fabulous creativity.
This is absolutely wonderful! Pauline is a star – cheers xxxxx
She is! A brightly shining one. You may remember that in one of my posts I called her a Southern Delight https://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/southern-delights/; rather like the southern most star of the Southern Cross.
A lovely assortment of gifts. I love the bunnies.
Bunnies, the wild kind, have a bad reputation in New Zealand, but pet bunnies or inanimate ones are definitely lovable. My favourite stuffed toy was, and still is, a beautiful cream coloured rabbit which I named Honeybun. By the way, did you remember to say White Rabbit on the first of this month? That’s curious superstition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_rabbit_rabbit
No, I don’t follow that supersition, but I do have a real, live bunny that runs around my home. 🙂
And the funniest thing happened this evening. I haven’t seen wild rabbits for ages but out in a field by the airport we spotted Mum and 4 babies. Mum was having a hard time keeping track of her offspring. I felt as though my talk of rabbits this morning had conjured them into being. 😀
A nice little care package! Love the bunnies. Sigh, I miss real mail.
Yes, real mail hardly ever graces my mail box. 😦 Hopefully, with all these cards, I will be able to do my bit to refill the mail boxes of the world.
I can’t think of anyone I’d rather raise a glass to than Pauline! She made you a lovely gift and she is a lovely, lovely person! Since it’s autumn here, I raise my glass of apple cider to join the toast!
Oh wonderful. I adore apple cider. Most likely I have told you that before. Love the alcoholic kind and the freshly pressed kind. We drank gallons of NY apple cider once upon a time. In Cairns, my sister and I drank delicious Tasmanian apple cider (the alcohol sort). Hubby and I don’t drink usually but we indulge if there’s company. Goodness, all these different drinks. We are having quite a toasting party for Pauline. Bring on the chocolates next, please. 🙂
You can combine the two worlds and have chocolate liqueur:
In Mexico, the place where chocolate originated, people enjoy the alcohol-less champurrado:
Now I’ve given two links too.
What a very sensible suggestion. I wouldn’t mind trying champurrado either. There will be much champurrado drinking happening in Mexico this weekend.
long story, short and heartfelt, Lady G: you’re 2 amazing, wonderful, talented and impressive gals… ❤ SVP(s'il vous plaît), do continue to elate your close ones and your readers, ladies! 🙂 respectful regards and sunny thoughts, Mélanie
Thank you Lady M. I forgot to post a picture of Pauline’s wonderful cat Orlando. Hope you found him on her blog. He is very impressive. Sunny thoughts to you.
Such a lovely thought and deed, with her creative artwork. Lovely post. 🙂
Thank you Iris. Pauline is very creative. Perhaps you would enjoy looking at this very special book she made for her daughter.
This is creativity I can only dream about!
Yes, she is very creative. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Beautiful package of gifts you received!
Indeed it was. At least a dozen cards and about 15 postcards….that’s my card requirements sorted for 2015. 🙂
I am happy you could join us in toasting Pauline. 🙂
You inspire such generosity in others and I understand why…enjoyed your almost straight blog because Gallivanta shone through. What lovely handmade goodies and did they arrive wrapped in that rich emerald ribbon too?
Thank you Carol. It is incredibly difficult to stick to one simple theme…for me anyway. I knew it would be hard but not as hard as I found it to be. Yes, the the parcel was wrapped in that beautiful green ribbon. That was another surprise because Pauline is a ‘blue’ person. Her home decor is full of the most beautiful range of blues.
Great Scott dear Gallivanta – what a wondrous thing to wake up to! There I was with coffee to hand and email list ready for reading and there you are raising your bunny mug of hot chocolate in my direction! Cheers m’dear! I am so happy you enjoyed your package and like the bunnies! It was fun getting it all together for you. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing my little blog with your friends – I am much honoured! xoxo
Great Scott! That’s an expression I haven’t heard in a while. Made me scurry away to investigate its origins which appear to be uncertain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Scott. And Great Scott, my sincere apologies to Orlando. In the stress of keeping things simple I forgot to include the beautiful card with his stunning portrait. Will I be forgiven? By the way what does the TIG or TIC on his collar stand for? Is it a secret code? It was a pleasure to share my beautiful package of goodies.
The expression is older than I thought according to Wikipedia – I am slightly more educated than earlier in the day, thank you for that!
O’s collar has TIG on it. Tig is short for Tigger or Tiggie, which he is still called from time to time. It will be most difficult for you to imagine now, but in his younger days our Orlando was a mad-flap of a kitten, a devil may care, I can do it, let me at it kind of a fellow. He ran, jumped and flew everywhere. His preferred mode of stopping was to hit into the nearest wall. His sheer enthusiasm reminded me so much of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh that this became his nickname and ‘Orlando’ was just his official name until he matured and became the regal, aloof elder statesman we behold today. When the name tag was being inscribed it was thought ‘Orlando’ was too long and might be illegible so we settled for something that could be read. I felt it didn’t matter much as, if he was lost, he would not come to anybody except me so it was a moot point. The other side of the tag bore my phone number and good luck to anybody getting close enough to read it! He lost that lovely tag about a year ago and it was replaced with a blue heart with his phone number on it and no name.
I am astonished by Orlando’s youthful habits! Will we see a similar transformation in Siddy, one day, I wonder? 😉
I certainly hope so – except I don’t want him to lose the joy! Just a little quieter and gentler would be nice …….. but then again, he is so adorable, I’ll take him how he comes 🙂
Which is just the way he takes you, too, I am sure. 😉
Sorry–oh, how I detest autocorrect/ I meant your fabulous interpretation: revivement.
Auto correct is another silly word! Auto incorrect would be a better term. Sadly for the cause of revivement, it is considered an archaic/obsolete word.http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revivement I say ‘revive’ it. 😀
You are so CORRECT. I do think that a better descriptor is yet to be born. Revivement is good, but it does sound as though one is being brought back to live. In truth we are simply free to be.
We shall have to keep our eyes and ears open for that descriptor. Let me know if you find something. 🙂
I’ve thought about it for a while, but have not visited the idea again until your post. Let’s be alert to the possibilities. Maybe we’ll come up with an apt word that is MUCH BETTER that retirement. Have a lovely weekend.
Being alert to the possibilities is bound to turn up something! It works for your beautiful photography. 🙂
Love the revilement instead of the other word, which is ridiculous in its usual meaning. What a lovely surprise to honor your friendship, and you in turn didi the same.
It was so lovely. Retirement is an inappropriate/ridiculous word. We may not be engaged in paid employment ata certain age but we are far from retired. I loved this article that Beguiling Hollywood posted on her blog. http://vickielester.com/2014/10/25/old-masters-at-the-top-of-their-game-nytimes-com/ It’s from the NY Times. You may have read it.
Yes, I did, and they spoke volumes about this phase of our lives.
I thought so too.
Are you kidding? That was absolutely perfect. 🙂
Thank you dear Heather for your vote of confidence.
Hi Gallivanta 😀 You always write great posts my friend. Talking of friends. What a great one Pauline is ! Fantastic parcel ! Hugs xox ❤
And let’s not forget that you are a good friend too who sends lovely parcels. 🙂
What a heartfelt treasure to receive and it seemed to come to you with perfect timing. And don’t worry about the straight forward posts, prose need not always be so incredibly straight forward. 🙂
Perfect timing indeed. You are right about prose; I wouldn’t trust myself to write recipes though….goodness knows what might eventuate. 😉
What a wonderful and generous spirit!
Without a doubt, Clanmother. I don’t like to put monetary value on gifts but this one would surely amount to my entire card-buying budget for a year. Very generous. 🙂
Love the contentment. As a concept, as art, as life.
And chocolate goes perfectly with contentment if we choose our chocolate carefully. 🙂
Wow I don’t know what impresses me more, her kindness or her talent!
Let’s love them both in equal measure. 🙂
Excellently, you achieved what you set out to do. Pauline’s giveaway was generous and as you say very comforting. I cannot imagine what it was like to say those harrowing goodbyes in Cairns. The bunnies are so cute. 😉
I am pleased you think I achieved my goal.:) Being succinct is not one of my strengths. One of my children always chides me like this, “C’mon, c’mon get on with it, say what you mean. Finish the sentence you’re on; stop going round in circles.” 😀 😀 Obviously we have different styles of communication!
Love this post and thanks for the link to Pauline! I join you in the toast to her!
Thanks JF. What was your drink of choice for the Toast?
Cognac!!! It’s strong enough and healthy! 😉
I would drink to that if I had some!
Don’t you have cognac around? 😉
No. The only time my cupboard gets stocked up is when my sister comes to visit.
It is often hard enough to find words to give thanks for the lovely unexpected gifts. But even harder to express your delight for her gifts of contentment and friendship. I am sure it meant a lot after coming home from your trip. I think your toast was just right.
And I did click on the one link. What a talented friend.
The parcel contents were a welcome distraction when I arrived home. Nothing like a soft squishy pair of Bunnies to raise a smile. Do you remember being required to write thank you letters when you were young? Perhaps you taught your students the art of writing thank you letters?
I remember giving some lessons on letter writing but not sure they were thank you ones.
So much to teach, so little time!
Who writes letters today? You just send a computer generated Thank You card. 😦
😦 I do try to write letters but I must admit I haven’t written any in a while. Perhaps all my new stationery from Pauline will spur me on.
Your meandering posts take me down a path filled with nooks and cranny where I can pause and rest or admire the scenery. I am led to a reflecting pond where I can measure what you write against my own image. Or I can simply walk through to get to the mystery left till the end of the path. A lovely walk for my eyes every time.
How lovely to know this. I always hope people will take their own paths through my posts, and find what, if anything, is appropriate to them. Thank you.
You leave so many little tidbits for inspiration along the way and somewhat like Hanzel and Grettle (spelling?) I find myself following without hesitation.
Cute; but I hope I don’t ever lead you to a wicked witch. Or if I do I hope I will leave clues on how to escape. Would you like to see me as Hansel? I will give you a link if you would like to.
Really? Yes – and I also need to know the inspiration!
Here it is; my starring role as Hansel. https://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/first-footing/
Oh – how very cute! My goodness – you are lucky that you have captured that in black and white.
I think there are some old colour slides as well. My shorts were a light green. I remember that. I didn’t really like them. I didn’t want to be Hansel all that much. I wanted to wear a tutu.
Ha – yes – I was plagued as a child as I looked so much like a boy – I used to be so offended!
Yes! It shouldn’t matter but it does. 😦
Those hugging bunnies are so adorable! And “revivement” a great alternative to retirement!
Glad you like the idea of revivement. Does your employer have a retirement policy or an age for retirement? In New Zealand we are entitled to a Government funded pension at age 65 but that doesn’t mean people are forced to stop work at 65. The pension is universal so you get it whether or not you are working.
What a beautiful package of gifts! You have a lot of card sending to do!
Don’t I know it!!!!