There was a rat a tat tat on the door early yesterday morning,it was the postman with a special delivery from a lovely friend called Niki,inside was a lovely card with one of my favourite birds the blackbird on top holding a festive sprig.
I sent Niki a message asking if it was ok to peek inside and she said yes,i had sent Niki a parcel earlier in the week not knowing she had posted one to me at the same time,such a lovely surprise...
I opened my present very carefully and found the most beautiful vintage dolls china tea tray adorned with cabbage roses,so beautiful..
As I carefully lifted the packaging underneath I pulled out teacups,a sugar bowl,cream jug, a miniature tea set of rosey loveliness,thank you so very much Niki I will treasure your very thoughtful and generous gift always x
I popped it on a shelf in an old corner cupboard that Steve very kindly put up on the wall at my side of the bed next to my tiny Christmas tree trimmed with Grandma's sparkly brooch,old bracelets and aurora borealis clip on earings, as I stood admiring my Christmas present I heard the chinking of tiny china and pot legs...
The little ones had climbed down from their shelves to see what was going on...where did it come from they asked ?...from the best place I told them 'from a friend with love'
Oh what a lovely thing to do they cried as they shuffled around while oohing and ahhing at all the little roses...'it's so pretty' a little rabbit declared,i smiled and nodded 'it is isn't it?'..
All of a sudden there was a clattering in the front room,i wondered through and found one of Niki's large rag dolls climbing out of the Christmas decoration box... 'are you ok?' I said in a hushed voice...I thought,I mean,i wanted...ermmm, please could I have my own Christmas tree?' she asked...
'Of course you can' I told her it is Christmas after all,she helped herself to little tiny baubles that matched her skirt,some tinsel for her little tree and a basket of berries..... thankfully there was enough for me to finish trimming the big tree today..
As the light began to fade I heard tiny voices singing 'silent night,holy night all is calm all is bright' I walked through to the bedroom and there in the dark with the Christmas tree twinkling was a little gathering of happy friends enjoying Christmas time and all the loveliness it brings, a bit like me and Niki and all of our friends from around the world....
Awww those little faces
Niki makes the most beautiful creations,fairies and dolls and if you would like to go and have a peek at her online shop here is a link for you http://www.nikifretwell.uk/Catalogue/Shop.php
I hope you are all having fun this week with the run up to Christmas day,have you remembered everything? all wrapped? tree trimmed? don't worry if not we all get to do it all again next year.
I'll be back before the big day with some pictures of our Christmas tree until then take care and Merry Christmas wishes from our cottage to yours..
Will you join us next time for more goings on from Shingle Cottage?