One of the amazing things about writing a blog is the number of people, who were once strangers, who one gets to know from all over the world. Some I'll only ever know as correspondents on the comments pages; others have visited Bridie and me in the shop and we now count as friends. And then from time to time it's also wonderful to receive a nice letter saying hello. Some letters are a little eccentric (some are very eccentric)... but that's all in the nature of life, I think.
And then others are completely amazing, a bit like this.
I have very much enjoyed reading your inspiration blog over the past year or so - the images together with your wonderful musings really brighten my day. So... when I was clearing the house of my much loved Aunt before Christmas and came across this book that I didn't know what to do with, I suddenly thought that you may like it?
It certainly looks as if it has lived an interesting and exciting life and I thought that you may appreciate it and take it on the next stage of its journey - I hope so!
I also wanted to say how delighted I was to read your recent post with news of your marriage and pass to you my sincere congratulations - wonderful news!
With best wishes
There was a small, ancient paper slip enclosing a parcel. Which turned out to be a book. Faded, worn, and with the first few pages gently scorched - I presume by a candle?
The beauty just of that little glimpse into the pages was something that was as fine as a work of contemporary paper art on its own.