My favourite present by a mile was this lovely brooch from Canada, made to raise funds for Aids orphans in Lesotho ... I love those three little girls: Hattie says they are singing Tamla Motown songs, and I think she's right.
A whimsical watering can ran it a close second:
The sun is shining bright here, I'm off for a walk with my dogs.
PS here are our young, in a whirlwind of present unwrapping:
And here is Lucius, poaching eggs for the assembled multitude at breakfast this morning:
Well, this is a food blog, and he's brilliant at it. I can't poach (or boil) an egg to save my life - the secret, I'm told, is vinegar (but I can tell you that if you use red wine vinegar, it turns the eggs a slightly strange colour).
The scents of centuries - "The air was densely perfumed with a mixture of Victoria's scent (white heliotrope, from a shop off the Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris), potted jasmine and garden...
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