A Surprise Gift

This morning P went off for his usual Friday volunteering stint and I walked into town for an hour's summer clothes browsing. 

As I walked back up the drive I could see there was a small white bag in the front porch.  The closer I got, the more I could smell it too.

It turned out to contain a  packet of  rosemary and garlic marinated chicken fillets and half a dozen maple marinated sausages from the artisan butcher, plus a home made sponge cake from the farm shop.

It seems that our friends had called round while we were both out to leave the goodies as a thank you present.

Last weekend we had given them a whole estate-car boot full of large tree branches for firewood. We were happy to get rid of it and didn't expect anything in return. 

The enticingly aromatic food was very welcome though.

25 comments:

  1. What wonderful friends. Marvellous to smell and open such a parcel. Enjoy it all

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  2. That's a nice thank you! Glad you have good neighbors!

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  3. You have fabulous friends - you must be fabulous people too.

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    1. Ah, I hadn't thought of that Mr T 😁

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  4. What a lovely surprise!
    Around here logs for the fire are worth their weight in gold!

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  5. That sounds the perfect swap to me.

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  6. Sounds good. What will you wash them down with? Prosecco perhaps?

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  7. How yummy! I have a pile of logs in my garage but no one wants them.

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    1. Log burners are very popular here and firewood is not cheap so our logs are in demand.

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  8. Do Manx folk use money or does bartering remain the principal method of trade over there?

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    1. Who needs money in Paradise?
      PS I like your new avatar picture.

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    2. You are the first person to comment on it JayCee so thanks.

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    3. Cro asked you about it the other day.

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  9. Sounds like life around here, fair exchange, gifts and friendship. I thought about you last night watching a programme about the Bee Gees and some film of the Isle of Man where they spent a few early years and then went back to later briefly.

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    1. They were still fairly young when they went off to live in Australia. Much better weather down there. I got soaked on my walk today.

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    2. Yes, Andy the youngest, was only a few months old, although they did return at a later date for a short while. They were amazingly successful especially after Saturday Night Fever. I learnt a lot about them last night!

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  10. A delicious exchange and a nice surprise on your return home. XXXX

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    1. A good deal I would say. P was very happy with his sausages!
      XXX

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  11. Bet that saved you from cooking dinner that day! God bless the food fairies...
    xxx

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