Back in the 1700s, and according to the Twelve Days of Christmas song, it seemed popular to give your loved one all sorts of unusual gifts over the Christmas period - with birds featuring heavily for some reason. Day 1 was a lone partridge (but why not a parrot which I’m sure would be much more entertaining?) and by day 12 the poor recipient had received no less than 23 birds and that’s not including the imminent hatching of the goose eggs! I mean, seriously - enough with the birds already!
And, to add insult to naff gifting, the only present they would actually receive on Christmas Day is the partridge sitting in a pear tree, which, wouldn’t be theirs for long because as soon as they stepped on a twig whilst tip-toeing to get a closer look at it, it would be spooked and heading skywards! It’s then a 4-day wait for what I think is the only decent present in the batch!
Luckily for us, in 2014, it’s quite unlikely that any shop will be running a BOGOF on turtle doves and a buy 8, get 1 free, on dancing ladies (although the latter promotion probably does exist somewhere but that’s a subject matter for a very different blog to mine!) - so, I reckon we can relax on that front.
For a bit of fun, here’s my alternative Twelve Days of Christmas ‘gift list’ – which is partly my wish list, partly inspiration for you. Now, I know Mr. B will be reading this for present ideas and so I need to give clear instruction that all I want for Christmas is a puppy and to be a kept woman. But if these things are hard to come by (which I’m assured, over and over again, are) then I’ll opt for the pretty star necklace from Rachel Jeffery Contemporary Jeweller (in silver though please as gold doesn’t suit my skin-tone!).
But, that’s not a problem. You see, Rachel Jeffrey can make another star in the size I want, just for me! That’s what she does - she can make pretty much anything you want. It won’t be ready in time for Christmas because I’ve ordered it quite late - but that’s totally ok. STOP PRESS – news just in, it will be ready in time for Christmas. Stars and miracles! It’s all falling into place rather nicely, don’t you think?
So why have I bought the small one? Well, it’s going to sit with the big one (that Mr B will hopefully purchase!), on the same chain and it’s going to look amazing. I’ll show you as soon as I have it in my grasp *cue Miranda expression*
Crooked Heart – I also have this but have only read the first few pages. With all the will in the world and how busy these last two months have been I haven’t stood a chance! But I will read it over Christmas – I will! I like the style of writing so that’s a good start, but more importantly the reviews have been brilliant. Oh and it’s set in St Albans – which for me is a rather lovely added bonus.
(actually this is the good present so we’ll stay 1700s for this entry!)
From the top:
Ring 1 - Yellow Sapphire 'Arum' (sorry, no link available at the moment)
Ring 2 - Ruby 'Cannikin'
Ring 3 - Green Tourmaline 'Arum'
Ring 4 - Lilac Spinnel 'Husk
Ring 5 - Brown Sapphire small 'Husk'
If you don't live far from Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire, it really is worth popping into this beautiful shop to see Rachel, her assistant Dani and Rachel's extremely lovable labradoodle, Joffa! And if you go soon, you will more than likely be offered a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
Molly Maid offer gift vouchers and are nationwide.
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I wish you all a VERY merry Christmas, well chosen gifts but more importantly, a happy and healthy 2015.
Love Mel xx
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