This weekend, a lovely little parcel arrived from German friend and bridesmaid extraordinaire, B.
A lot of thought had gone into these presents, with each item selected for a specific reason.
The brownies are for the maple leaf because we lived together in Canada, and the card is because of my love of cats. The slightly despairing expression on the cat’s face is brilliant, like it really couldn’t give a shit about the little girl with her over exuberant cuddles, but damn it, she’s going to keep squeezing it until it does.
The chocolate was for the picture of the squirrel, since I have a peculiar fascination with the German word for squirrel (eichhornchen, it just sounds so lovely!). It’s also Slovenian chocolate, which makes it even more exciting.
This is a little case for holding pocket tissues – taschentuecher – as it’s a long standing joke between us that B always has tissues on her, and I always need them. I was also very pleased that my fledgling German enabled me to translate the label on it as “little shop”.
It was a most welcome treat in the middle of this weekend’s nightmare mash-up of polystyrene wallpaper and lining paper, with the brownies reviving our flagging spirits when it was all going wrong and we were rapidly losing the will to live. Chocolate, cats and cute florals – what more could a weary female DIYer want?