Gift Boxes

This morning’s early mist demanded a dressing gown trip into the garden to photograph the rising sun drawing dripping droplets from the damp atmosphere while the early birds shivered in the still naked copper beech.

On the opposite side of Christchurch Road a thick heap of sand spilled by trucks from the gravel quarry further along the thoroughfare has now provided ample bedding for grass and dandelions. Some of the flowers have strayed over to our side. Later on, I made their eradication the first of my minimal weeding and clearing to compost.

My blogging friend Alys, from is a clever and devoted craftsperson. In response to a recent post of hers

I mentioned Jackie’s gift boxes made from

cherry tomato trays. Here, Alys, is the kit and the process.

Having first eaten the tomatoes, take six of the small trays. The pegs help the assembly which is glued in place,

the last tray providing the lid.

Actually Jackie began by making gift tags, then realised she could make the boxes.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome sausages in red wine; creamy mashed potatoes; tender cabbage; crunchy carrots and cauliflower, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Les Aumoniers S├ęgurat Cotes du Rhone 2019