Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Good post day

The weather may have turned horrible - we're on a Yellow weather warning for rain down here in the south-west of England - but the postman brightened my day up no end. Today I had two parcels waiting for me when I got home.


I'd been expecting the first, though I had no firm date for its arrival. It was my four perfumes in the 4160 Tuesdays 'The Mystery of the Materials' series, all wrapped up neatly like little bonbons. I opted for the package with four 9ml bottles plus a storybook, though they did say the book would probably arrive later than the perfumes. Each perfume will have its own story inspired by the mystery stories of the 1930s. In a way I'm glad they've arrived before the book, as it will give me a chance to assess each one independently of any narrative. I'll do a review later in the month.

The other parcel was for a giveaway I won a while back, from Jennifer at Little Yellow Cat. She'd been busy and I'd forgotten it was on its way. I don't mind waiting for things; I'm pretty patient, plus I always feel if one thing doesn't turn up, another very well might. Jennifer included some lovely vintage buttons and postcards of Australia in the parcel, but the big attraction for me was the patterns. There was a packet of 'Semco Reliable Transfers' - Aussie embroidery transfers! One, of a basket of flowers tied with a ribbon, is especially pretty.
Then there are the knitting patterns. I think my favourite is The Lux Book: Knitting Designs for 1950. The editor's letter states that 'The Lux Knitting Book is back, back after 8 years of wartime restriction and paper shortage'. Can you imagine how it must have been to go without new publications, back in an age before we could get words electronically? It's a bookworm's nightmare, for sure. Among the Lux patterns is a lovely jumper with a stitch pattern exactly like that of my navy cardigan. I'd always thought that particular cardigan pattern dated from the late 1940s or early 1950s, so it's reassuring to see another design from that time using the same stitch pattern. The other pattern booklets that came in the parcel are from the 1960s and 1970s, and include a book of bedjackets. I do love a good bedjacket. Maybe one day I'll actually get round to making one.

I hope the weather is not as awful where you are - or if it is, that you too have had a good post day.

21 comments :

  1. It's lovely getting parcels in the post! The perfumes and story book sounds so interesting' I'll look forward to the review.

    Have a great week

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. Parcels are ace! (Unless my family send them to my married name, which I don't use, thereby leading to massive grovelling at the Post Office because I have difficulty proving the parcels are meant for me.)

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  2. No good news when it come to weather, Mim.
    Yesterday, there were rays of sunshine, but by the end of the day, weather turned it's back on us.. and it started raining again. Right now (a glance out the office window) yup, it's still that "spitting rain" outside. Darn spring.. it's May, but it's still so miserable outside.
    I'm happy for you, that you've been greeted by packets, that is a WAY better way to arrive home that to see your mailbox packed-full of bills. :)

    M.

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    1. We've got a little bit of sun today, so I'm making the most of it. At least all my flowers are starting to bloom in the garden.

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  3. I was sorely tempted by those perfumes, so I look forward to your review! Post brings a smile doesn't it? I like sending things as well as receiving, it's fun to think of people opening things excitedly. X

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    1. Yup. posting out prizes is one of the nice bits of my job, I like to imagine how pleased people will be to get them.

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  4. Isn't it lovely when nice things come in the post, especially unexpected things or ones you'd forgotten about :)

    xxx

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  5. looks like it has lovely patterns

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    1. I'm sorely tempted by some of those bedjackets. Must finish my jumper first, though...

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  6. It's nice to have parcels waiting for you when you get home, whether you expected them or not. I'm sure those knitting patterns will keep you entertained for quite some time. I love a bedjacket too, by the way. Not being able to knit, I found a cute one in a charity shop a while ago. Much too warm for a bedjacket now though! xxx

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    1. Yup, far too warm now. But at the speed I knit, I could have one finished to wear in 2017!

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  7. Without sounding too weird, I look forward to sniffing you on Sunday! Those perfumes sound intriguing. I wonder if your story will resemble the book when it finally arrives.
    Jennifer's parcel looks fab. I love getting things through the post.
    Gorgeous day here today, what will tomorrow bring? xxx

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    1. Here's hoping there isn't a massive crater in Bath when you arrive... a load of homes have been evacuated for a wartime bomb found up on Lansdown. (That's the swanky part of town.)

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  8. Summer came back for the day! I bet you always smell lovely (in the least creepy stalky way)!!!

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  9. Embroidery transfers are such fun-I'm sure you'll make something lovely from them.

    I'm curious to hear what you make of the perfumes.

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    1. So far, not hating them but not loving them either. I'm making notes as I go along.

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  10. Great parcels, always lovely to get more patterns. Very intrigued by the perfume/story combo, will be interested to hear what you think.

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  11. Three hearty cheers for great mail days and lovely new items to enjoy and savour.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  12. It's wonderful to be a winner as you :) Knitting Designs sounds like a thing with lots detail to explore. Impressive story about The Lux Knitting Book coming back.

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