The gifts that were bought for me arrived today and I was floored when I saw that they came from South Africa! The lovely Robyn (of The Book Club Blog and I'm So Not A Blogger) sent some absolutely thoughtful gifts and I couldn't appreciate them more. Here are the wrapped gifts, each with a pressed-tin magnet attached.
Next, there was "LOVE" and a cookbook -- The South African Illustrated Cookbook by Lehla Eldridge.
The South African Illustrated Cookbook is a compilation of recipes dear to South Africans from all walks of life and traditions. It includes Xhosa, Cape Malay, Zulu, English, Indian, Afrikaans, Portuguese and new South African dishes.I can't wait to try some of these recipes, especially once I figure out what "mealie meal" is (I think it's a fine corn meal -- anyone?).
Then there was "HOPE" and Robyn sent a favorite holiday book of hers from Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder -- The Christmas Mystery. It has time travel in it which makes me very excited! I love that she wanted to share a favorite book with me.
Everything was wonderful and these gifts certainly brought more laughter, love and hope into this season for me!
Finally, there was one more small item that didn't make it into these photos because it was already on the Christmas tree --
Thank you so much, Robyn! I love everything and love the thought and effort that you put into choosing the gifts.
I hope that those of you who participated in the swap were as fortunate as I was and that more of you will choose to participate next year!
Spreading the cheer,