Happy Tuesday! Hope your Tuesday is going well. We had a long weekend – a local holiday, Friday and Monday, and an event on the horse racing calendar (Ayr Gold Cup). It was dry and sunny at the weekend though it was really cold overnight – 4C !!! I had to rescue this little guy…
So we already had Monday off but now everyone was given Monday off for the Queen’s funeral. I did not watch it, since I have been to enough funerals without watching more of them on TV.
Stamps . . .
A few weeks ago I ordered some stamps from the Royal Mail Philatelic shop, and this is how they were received! I whole sheet of damaged stamps because they used no protective packaging at all. The package included a with compliments slip that read “packed with care by …XXXX” Clearly XXXX needs better training if they think that the flimsy envelope it was put in was “packed with care”. I was very unhappy and they have agreed to replace the order so we will see how well packed the replacement order is when it arrives.
All of our definitive stamps are being replaced by these new stamps with barcodes on them so we have to use up all the other everyday stamps before the end of January and if we can’t then we can swap them out before that date. All the pretty commemorative stamps are unaffected and can still be used. This was announced in July and nothing to do with the death of the Queen, though obviously now we will also need new stamps with King Charles on them, new banknotes etc (though not in Scotland as we don’t have the Queen on ours). Fun fact: did you know that the regular stamp with the Queen’s profile on it is the most reproduced artwork in the world? All those stamps for all those years…
Currently Reading . . .
I am on my seventh book for September and enjoying it immensely! This is the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series and if you haven’t read them, I thoroughly recommend them. This might just be the best one yet, but then I also said that about the second book in the series – they just keep getting better and better!
Here’s some info about the first book, rather than giving away the plot of the third book!
About The Thursday Murder Club
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.
But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?
The Times Crime Book of the Month
Guardian Best Crime and Thrillers
Today’s Art . . .
Today’s art is something I made for Neet’s theme this month on Art Journal Journey. It’s a Cheshire Cat / Alice in Wonderland inspired page, which also makes it perfect for Tea – just look at all those teapots! If you are curious, there are 49 of them stamped around the page! So two cats for Neet and 49 teapots for T.
I had this paper lying around in my stash for a while. I had planned to use it ages ago and had ripped it in two but then never did use it so the two pieces just hung around in danger of getting even more damaged so last week, I thought I would piece them back together and paste them onto a page so at least they were getting used. I used matte medium to get them on the page as the paper was quite thin. Then I drew in the disappearing Cheshire Cat on the right side and wrote the quote with black pen. The quote is actually on the Alice page too, as it is part of her conversation with the Cheshire Cat, so I underlined it on the page too.
T Stands For . . .
I received my package of napkins in last Tuesday’s mail but too late to add to my post for that day, so here’s a look at them today. What a great collection, thank you all so much! I also love the two ATCs I received from Elizabeth and Jo.
And here’s a look at the envelope with all the stamps I received.
And here’s a reminder of the napkins that I sent out:
And the two ATCs I sent in the package for Elizabeth – these were from my Harris Tweed collection for the #100dayproject. I’d love to know who received them and the napkins!
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!