A wee while back, I wrote a post about my charity work with Age UK. I still see Maria every Saturday and am getting to know her more with every visit. It rocks. She is a mine of information and insight.
On the back of this post, I received an email from Mim over at Crinoline Robot.
We had been friends for a while, and it was lovely to hear from her. She is a treat. And in said email, she decided to treat me.
What ensued left me utterly humbled and gobsmacked.
She had been given a 1st edition of a book about The Women's Land Army. I had commented on her tweets,advising how envious I was, how lucky she was...yadda yadda.
As you do.
She had emailed me to tell me how wonderful she thought my volunteering was, how much of a selfless thing it is and that she felt it was worthy of some good karma.
Karma she would like to bestow upon me.
She told me she would like, very much, to give me the Land Girl book she had been given. Mim believed that she was only ever the guardian of it, and that I should become the rightful owner.
Of course, I declined. At first. How could I take such a gift? I was utterly overwhelmed by her kindness and reasoning.
But after some more emails, more gushing, thanks and disbelief at Mim's offer - I accepted.
It was a wonderful act of friendship, and I began to feel ungracious for saying "no".
This glorious book is now one of my prized items that I love dearly. Written by Vita Sackville -West , published under the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in 1944 and including some 64 photographs - it is a true trove for someone like me.
So - thank you marvellous Mim. You are a true gem.