Yesterday was a triple-whammy for me. Not only was it the day that Master Guylty returned home after 11 months of living in Berlin, but in the morning I received two packages. As some may have seen on Twitter, Kate sent a big parcel of items for the auctions, and there was a bit of leakage in the process. A kindly included jar of canned cherries had burst 😱. The postman was apologetic and claimed he didn’t know how – but incidentally I found evidence outside my house later. He must’ve dropped it. But luckily, since it only happened on the “last mile”, the cherry juice did not have enough time to get spread across the whole package. The damage was limited to a couple of wrappings, and Kate’s handiwork and donations intended for the fundraiser are unharmed.
The other package, however,
Yes. I can confirm that we have received a contribution from Richard to our birthday auctions. It was not a dream 😉. But in the interest of keeping the hinted at “surprise” a bit longer, I’ll draw this out a little bit. (Of course I shall disclose the item *before* the auctions, but it’ll be a slow release, for prolonged
torture enjoyment.) For now, I’ll let you see this.
Richard is a dear! ❤️ I mean, this cannot be a coincidence!
I am sure he specifically used this box to secure his item in. Well done, sir, well done! That’s *almost* an auction item in its own right! – So, without any further specifics on the item in question (suspeeeeeeeeense), the donation was accompanied by a hand-written letter addressed to me, with some very kind words. It was basically the last confirmation that Richard is a class act. I have already thanked him, but just to reiterate by posting this in the ether and thus kicking off an avalanche of karma his way – Richard, literally thanks a million for your contribution. You are a star in more than one respect!
Are you excited? I am excited! The surprise is pretty cool, and while I *can* wait to show you, I also enjoy your suspense and guesswork. It makes the whole fundraiser even more fun, right?
So, as regards the next few weeks prior to the fundraiser kick-off, I will be posting more teasers. I’ll let you see some of the items we will have on offer, I will spotlight our supporters who donated and crafted, and I will eventually reveal the mystery item sent by Richard. At this stage, I would already like to thank everybody who has sent items or has contributed sale and auction items that they will dispatch themselves from their own location. You are stars, too. For anyone who wants to donate items to the fundraiser: We have reached the limits at this stage, so any items you might want to contribute, are always welcome but will go into a later auction (December fundraiser). This is only done for logistical purposes and not a deliberate way of excluding anyone from the now upcoming fundraiser. I hope you understand.
Keep guessing 😉!