Slow boat to China - Unexpected surprises in Africa
Lumberjocks has introduced me to a number of new experiences and pleasures. One of them is the concept of cyberspace friendship. I became friends with people I have never met simply through PM's!
Last weekend I found a box at the Post Office that had come all the way from America…I couldn't wait to get home so I could open it!
And what was inside…? A brand new copy of the book, "The soul of the tree", by George Nakashima. A book that I have wanted for a very long time! I first read some of George's words in old woodworking magazines and it struck a chord with me. I have remembered and quoted those words often since but never had the opportunity to read the book…
There was more… An exquisite little grease box with a novel sliding dovetail lock! This little box was crafted from Gum and I am told that the original log was probably harvested in the 1930's, then floated down the Suwannee River, headed for a sawmill. It must have sunk and got stuck in the river bottom from where it was eventually recovered in the 1980's. Isn't it just wonderful to have a little story behind a particular piece of wood!
There was more…Bars of fragrant home crafted soap, beautifully packaged. These were for the girls in my life; my wife and my two daughters. There were different fragrances, one smelling nicer than the next. Off course my angels were ecstatic; they love stuff to do with fragrance and the sense of smell.
We had Christmas twice. Our gifts was meant as Christmas presents, it was sent 2 weeks before, but we only received it, together with a Christmas card and a letter, middle January. Well, it is a long way from Florida to a little farm in the Outeniqua Mountains of South Africa…
My dear cyber friend Ken (LJ Schwieb), thank you so much to you and your wife for unexpected surprises, thoughtful gifts and a friendship across continents.