One thing about blogging and following other blogs is that over time you learn about other people around the world, how they live, their interests, travels both near and far and sometimes a little bit of magic happens along the way and you build up a relationship with the person behind the blog.
In my own experience this comes about because they take an active interest in your blog, they comment often and visit every time you post.
Generally we follow each other’s blogs because of shared interests like family life, cooking, travel or photography.
We all lead very different lives but there are threads woven into each of them that are shared connections and we can relate to these in each others blogs.
After getting to know these people better, sometimes we chose few of these people to surprise with a few gifts that are local to us but definitely exotic to someone else on the other side of the globe.
I’ve just received not one but two of these gifts this weekend and wanted to not just say a BIG Thank You to the senders but also tell you about the treats new to me (and possibly to you too!).
The first parcel (photo above) arrived from blogger GH from “Noodles with Butter” http://www.noodleswithbutter.blogspot.nl/ and contained some beautiful postcards of the region she lives in, a Christmas card and newsletter (not pictured for privacy reasons due to photos of her daughter on the front), two key-rings, herbal tea, two packets of apple chips, some fruit bars, some chocolate bars and a little plastic bag that contained some Washington Rain which made us giggle.
Last year we decided that when we travelled we would pick up a very little bag of sand or stones from beaches we have visited and I have an old printers type box that has lots of little compartments that we aim to slowly fill, this bag of rain is destined to join this collection.
Our kids love the dried fruit strips, which we call fruit “roll ups” after a favourite New Zealand brand of the same. (the USA version about three times the thickness of the New Zealand version but they are both delicious!)
My eighteen year old oven is currently dying a slow death and it’s temperature gauge is terminally ill so in recent months I’ve been looking for a new oven, one with a specific feature that’s proving hard to find: one that starts in temperature at 30 C instead of the usual 50 C, because then I could use my new oven as a dehydrator and make things like home-made fruit roll ups and beef jerky.
The second parcel (second photo) is from Tracy from MilkayPhoto http://milkayphoto.wordpress.com/ and the contents include Reeses peanut pieces and peanut butter cups, granola (a.k.a. museli where I come from) some marshmallow fluff, jif peanut butter, some home-made rhubarb and strawberry jam, an amazing array of specialist salts.
The Danish Viking Smoked Sea Salt and Vanilla Salt sound particularly tasty and whilst I can’t partake due to my mushroom allergy, Himself loves mushrooms and is very much looking forward to trying out the Porcini Salt. There are candy covered coffee beans (Himself pricked his ears up and grinned a lot at that one), some Tomato Jam, parsnips (I’d mentioned that they used to be hard to get here, but they are more easily available especially in the last year), some Crisco, a sort of baking butter.
There’s bacon spread (we giggled about that one because it sounded rather a strange product and will look at the website provided on the label for some interesting ideas to use it with) and a vanilla chocolate sweet called the Charleston Chew which it is recommended both by Tracy and on the packet to place in the freezer and then break the frozen pieces to eat.
Since I read that earlier I placed one packet in the freezer and we shared one of the two strips with the family last evening… a total hit! Had I left our children alone with the other two packets, even unfrozen I think they might not have been there when I came back, such was the popularity of this one!
Being a prudent parent I omitted to tell them that there was a second strip in the freezer … I think that Himself and I can quietly enjoy that one by ourselves LOL. Naturally we haven’t tried everything in both the packages yet and will very much enjoy rationing out the treats, although I predict that the sweeter items will disappear very quickly. A huge Thank You and big thumbs-up to both GH and Tracy !
Both these blogging friends have excellent blogs which I can highly recommend visiting. Of course I blog because I love writing and taking photos and because it’s an on-line journal of all of our Life’s adventures, but the icing on the cake is that I also get to meet some brilliant people from all around the world. And the friendships I have made show just how sweet that icing is…