Sunday, 23 July 2017

A lovely parcel from Miss Magpie

Earlier this week I got a parcel note put through my door. Something was at the Post Office, waiting for me to sign for it. "How odd," I thought, "I'm sure I haven't bought anything." (I did buy a pair of cherry red patent loafers while on deadline, but they were delivered to Mr Robot's office, and turned out to be too narrow so they've already been returned.)

Yesterday I picked the parcel up, and it was a box of goodies from Gisela, who blogs over at Miss Magpie's Musings. She'd mentioned having some of the British Library republished vintage crime novels, and as she wouldn't read them again, said she'd pass them on to me. I'd completely forgotten, so it was a lovely surprise. Two - The Z Murders and Thirteen Guests - are by J Jefferson Farjeon. I wasn't so keen on Farjeon's Mystery In White, so it'll be interesting to see if these are better.

I haven't read anything at all by the magnificently-named Christopher St John Sprigg. The blurb on the back of Death Of An Airman notes that he died fighting for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War shortly before his 30th birthday, so he clearly did well to have seven novels published before then, and who knows what he might have achieved if he hadn't been killed in action.

Gisela also included a tablecloth with an embroidery design printed on (I found my cloth I started embroidering when I was tidying up my gubbins trunk today, and it make me think I really do need to do a bit more embroidery at some point) and this lovely black iron cameo brooch.

So thank you, Gisela, for the super parcel! It really made my day.

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  1. That is a really lovely surprise. I hope that the books are good. Seven books is very prolific for someone so young. Maybe he was very popular. He does have a stupendous name. That brooch is really stunning. It looks very "Hammer". As an aside, I went for a run to the DM shop today and while I was there we popped into the Solovair shop. I thought of you as they are launching a women's range in September and have the most beautiful brogues and chelsea boots. Very chic and all hand stitched leather soles. They were your style to a T. Xx

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    1. Can't beat a bit of Hammer, can you? The weather's been so awful for the past few weeks, I feel like gearing up for Halloween already.

      Oooh, I shall keep an eye on the Solovair website. Perhaps it's fate that I haven't been able to find shoes I like in the sales.

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  2. HAUL!
    great stuff! lucky you;)

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    1. I meet the BEST people online!

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  3. How sweet of Gisela to send you the books! I hope they're a good read, but I certainly love the cover designs. My eyes were immediately drawn to that fabulous brooch, though. xxx

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    1. Heh, you magpie ;-)

      The weather is so awful here in the UK, a bit of reading is needed - the garden's too soggy to go out into.

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  4. What a lovely gift package! I'd love to hear what you think of the books x

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  5. You are very welcome, I can't believe quite how long it has taken me to finally send you these books! I'll be interested to see what you think of them.

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    1. I'm looking forward to settling down for a good read. I've been stressed again lately, so turned down freelance. Felt bad doing it, but there's no point burning myself out. A good read is in order.

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  6. Gisela has excellent taste in brooches (and everything else, really)-that's a beauty.


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    1. She is very kind. I also have a whopper of a diamante one that she gave me when we met up in Bath.

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  7. What a lovely surprise, good old Gisela! xxx

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  8. Perfect. Gisela is bang on with the pressies and there's nothing like a parcel.xxx

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    1. Parcels are ace. Especially when everything in them is so good.

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  9. There's nothing much better than a surprise parcel! Happy reading x

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  10. Great parcel! What a lovely surprise. The Thirteen Guests book turned up at my book group this week and the person who bought it along had really enjoyed it.

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    1. Oh, that's good to know. Maybe I should make that the first one I read.

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