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A Gift From Scotland

My husband came home yesterday, waving a package at us. I’ve been receiving quite the number of packages recently. The kids and I jumped outside to him, to see the words “Royal Mail” printed on the envelope. My gift from Scotland has arrived!

A few months ago, my dear friend Alison at beloved-eleanor.co.uk/blog held her first Blogoversary and a contest at her blog, Eleanor Blog. This is a lovely blog about the interests of a young lady who operates a tour guide business for Castle Fraser, once of Scotland’s oldest preserved castles (1575 or so). I hope to see the castle someday. In the meantime, I visit her blog, and entered her contest. And I won, I won!

Top suggestion or comment will receive a guide, booklet, magnet and thimble plus some heather seeds, all purchased with my own fair hands.

This is what I received.

The thimble is beautiful. It’s made of bone china. I allowed the children to touch it, then I safely tucked it in my china cabinet alongside my plate from Ireland, my 1900 frosted tea glasses, and my 1884 family Bible. It’s in good company! I’ll pass it down as an heirloom when the children are older.

We oooed and ahhhed over the brochures. It is even more difficult now to wait until I can visit Scotland someday, *sigh*. When I told the kids I would not use the heather seeds, but preserve them, they frowned. So I changed my mind and decided we will plant some of the seeds, but keep the remainder for posterity.

Thank you, Alison. I will cherish these gifts always!

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Carole says:

    Wow, what lovely and thoughtful gifts she sent. I’ll have to check out her blog. Do you know where in Scotland your family is from? DH’s grandfather was from a tiny place called West Wemyss on the coast.

  2. Hi Carole. No, I do not exactly know where in Scotland. The Mecombers are, as far as I can tell, a clan offshoot from the MacThomas clan. I believe they were of the Picts tribes of the Highlands. That’s all I’ve been able to gather.

  3. Kim says:

    That is a gorgeous thimble. It would look great in my thimble collection. (hint, hint). LOL Just kidding. Enjoy your winnings!

  4. Lee says:

    The great thing about blogging is all the wonderful people we meet and the things we get exposed to. You’ve got some great mementos of Scotland without even having to go there. And some additional reasons to make the trip some day. Congratulations on winning the contest.

    By the way (CAUTION: Shameless self promotion coming) I’ve got a contest going over on my blog. The last chance to enter is today. Take a look.

  5. C K says:

    Scotland is fantastic! Especially so after Mel Gibson’s Braveheart… 🙂

    It’s really not that far from where you are really. I mean, if possible, coming over for say 2 weeks will probably cover pretty much of Scotland.

    The only problem? It’s right hand drive here… may be an issue.

  6. fatherlyours says:

    Wow. Congratulation.Very nice looking thimble.

  7. Alison says:

    Glad you liked it, and that it arrived safely! You know you want to visit us very soon don’t you?! 😉