We had a gift limit of five pounds, so we had to make the most of our money to get the best present we could.
Or, if it's me, go on as many websites as possible to order free samples.
Some of the 'gifts' I wrapped up included:
- A piece of tile
- Some damp proofing gel
- Some block paving crack sealant
- A nappy
- A Knorr Gravy pot (not ordered from the internet but from Leeds Railway Station, where people were handing them out on Thursday)
- Carpet, curtain and fabric samples
- Various customised bits from Vistaprint (okay I had to pay for post & packing, but £3 for a mouse mat, pen, mug and bag wasn't too bad!)
I did buy a few bits, prime one being a USB Air Freshener. I nearly came a cropper when I realised that the air freshener needed essential oil to work, fortunately those good folk at Raven (who I may be slightly related to) sorted me out with some free Nag Champa oil, which does smell lovely. If you are interested in any kind of weird and wonderful stuff, from josssticks to tarot cards, books to oils, get in touch with Raven at:
17 Melton Fields
East Riding of Yorkshire
Send them your address and a couple of first class stamps for a mail order catalogue. I know, in this time of the internet we all automatically search the websites for stuff, but their catalogue is excellent (yes I am biased but even so).
All in all we had an excellent time, played some Cards Against Humanity (first time I've actually played it, I can recommend it as long as you are of a mature age and have an immature sense of humour!)
I can't blog today without a word about Sir Patrick Moore, who died this afternoon. Sir Patrick was for anyone remotely interested in astronomy and the night sky, a legend which brought the science of the final frontier to life. Despite only describing himself as an "amateur astronomer", he presented the Sky at Night television show for over fifty years, wrote tens of books on the topic of astronomy, and carried out functions such as working on the mapping of the Moons surface in the 1950s. There are many tens of fascinating and fantastic facts about this amazing man, which I am not worthy of reproducing. Being an 80s child I recall him as the GamesMaster on the Channel 4 TV show of the same name! I would recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about him to get a copy of his autobiography, Eighty Not Out. Indeed, any of the many books Sir Patrick was involved in writing would be a worthy read.
A memorial website has been set up for people to offer their tribunes, which is located at http://www.banguniverse.com/sirpatrickmoore/.