When you receive Sgt Portah in the post, that really counts as happy mail, doesn’t it?
My mantlepiece in my study has been redecorated. One of Ani’s RA drawings had to make way for Sgt. Portah, courtesy of Kate. (You can actually see the insides of the card – which I selfishly kept to myself here – on her blog! In a video!!) Besides a whole batch of die cut bits and pieces for my journal making, she actually managed to send me a plant cutting from her wax flower. The plant has been settled in a glass by the window.
I am astonished that the plant has survived the week-long journey. It was well-wrapped and watered in its packaging, but nevertheless it was also without any light while travelling in the mail…
Attn: Flat Richie participants
Speaking of mail and plants – Kate just reminded me in the comments of a little idea that had been thrown around while Flat Richie was circumnavigating the world. I have finally added up the whole journey. In total, Flat Richie travelled a whopping 105,120.9 km (65,319.1m). That is as the crow flies, i.e. not taking into account that there is no direct line between A and B anywhere in the world. For comparison: The Earth’s circumference is 40,000km (24,900m). So, Flat Richie has circumnavigated the world two and a half times! That is one heavy carbon foot print. Which is where Kate’s reminder comes back: In a bid to offset Flat Richie’s carbon footprint, there was talk of planting a tree (or several trees), giving some much needed oxygen back to the Earth. If you have a garden and feel like it, you could plant a little seedling maybe.
It might have the added bonus of being a (hopefully pleasant) reminder of our little fan mail chain. You could christen the tree “Richard”, and in years to come maybe you could place a nice bench under it as a spot for quiet contemplation – or hopeless giggles over the silly mischief we got up to in 2018/19. Or, alternatively, I have been thinking of sponsoring a tree as our “carbon atonement”. If there is any interest at all, and in case you do not have a garden yourself where you can plant a tree, we could actually also club together and sponsor a tree together?! If you remember, Richard himself advertised the UK Woodland Trust late last year when he went on a research trip for Astrov. The Woodland Trust offers “tree dedication” where you can dedicate a tree to an occasion or person for as little as £20. My garden is not going to allow for tree planting, I suspect, so I am going along the sponsorship/dedication route. I am also happy to go it together with you in case others would like to set off the Flat Richie carbon footprint by way of donating to the Woodland Trust? I have chosen the one above as an example because it is situated in the UK. I was actually looking for a tree sponsorship in the park where he planted seedlings himself, but unfortunately Tring Park does not offer such. There are, of course, similar woodland trusts in other countries, in case you would rather like to sponsor a tree closer to your home. And needless to say, there is no obligation to do this, to donate, or to take part in a potential community donation, whatsoever. You have all done your duty when you packed Flat Richie and sent him on his way last year. That was all that was required. Any carbon atonement is just a voluntary bonus. Let me know what you think in the comments!