EEEEEEE!!!!!!! Guess what arrived on my doorstep today! A package from New Zealand!!!!!! This blog has introduced me to some lovely little Kiwis who not only are funny and sweet and thoughtful but who send me things. I love friends and I love packages. Win win! (Also, I love this blog. Who knew it would bring me so much joy.)
Tessy wanted something felty but I can't take orders from people outside of the US because of the whole money exchange business so I said we could just make a swap. I could send her something made of felt and she could send me something unique to her area, like a Hobbit.
Boy, did she. Well, not a Hobbit. She did say she looked for the One Ring but that was destroyed on Mount Doom.
There's candies (one called Pineapple Lumps - which is the must unfortunate and unappetizing name ever - that are like Charleston Chews but pineapple flavored. Yum.) and Marmite (I'm going to give it another try after my first and only attempt 20 years ago of eating fermented yeast, which did not end well.) and Milo (a chocolate beverage which I plan to wash the Marmite down with.), some music, a lovely necklace, a book and postcards, a calendar and a NZ flag and an All Blacks flag (go All Blacks!)(that's rugby)(there's a World Cup going on right now and truthfully I don't follow the sport but it just seems appropriate now to root for them.) and a mini Buzzy Bee which is a toy that was made popular thanks to Prince William the Toddler, and a map so when I go out to visit I will know where I can find and hug my favorite people.
And for something truly unique, there is some yarn made of possum wool. You read right. Wool made from possum. I don't know about you folk but around here possums aren't the most luxurious creatures. And doing a little research it looks like possum wool is unique to New Zealand (Teresa, our resident yarn expert who only reads this blog about once every 3 months, can verify). So I'm trying to imagine in a country that has more sheep than humans why someone would look to the possum and say, "I'd like to make a sweater out of that." They must be velvety soft down there. The yarn looks and feels like regular old, non-vermin yarn so keep your eye out for some sort of scarf in the near future.
Thanks Tessy! I'm going to learn the New Zealand national anthem and sing it while marching around my apartment waving the flag.