Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside a gift

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Today we celebrated my mother in law‘s birthday in a serene English village called Pirbright. It was a glorious summer day.  Summer has finally arrived in England.

I made mum this gift. What’s inside of it?

What’s INSIDE this gift?

An attractive side view

2 hidden tea bags: high quality Ahmad Tea for a lovely English summer day

It’s a beautiful hand-made tea bag holder. It holds 2 tea bags. I added dazzling rhinestone jewels and striped grosgrain ribbon on the cover of the tea bag holder.

I also made mum a hand-stitched notebook. Hugh bought a handsome bay tree from Brambridge Park garden centre to adorn mum’s garden and for cooking. At our barbecue lunch, we discussed about pruning the bay tree into a lollipop shape.

Story: A swan feather sent from 1,000 miles 千里送鹅毛

(qiān lǐ sòng é máo)

Here is an absorbing story about gift-giving from the Tang Dynasty. An official, Mian Bogao, was on a mission to pay tribute to the emperor. He chose a rare white swan, and he let the swan out for a break during the journey. However, the swan flew away and Mian only managed to capture its feather. Mian wrapped up the feather in a white handkerchief, with a poem written on it:

“I’ve travelled a thousand miles to give you this swan feather.

Though my gift is light, it carries my profound love for you.”

The emperor was touched by Mian’s honesty and gave Mian a huge reward.

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20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside a gift

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  2. eof737

    Beautiful gifts…
    “Happy Birthday to your mother-in-law! 🙂
    ¸¸.•*¨*•░H░A░P░P░Y░(¯`’•.¸ *♥♥♥* ¸.•’´¯) ░B░I░R░ T░H░D░A░Y░ (¯`’•.¸*♥♥♥*¸.•’´¯) Hope you enjoy YOUR special day!
    ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦╦═╣╚╣╚╦╝╠═╦╦╗
    ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║╬║║╔╣╔╣║║╬║╬║║║
    ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚═╩╩╝╚═╩╩╩═╩╩╩╗║
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Birthday .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥Happy Birthday to youuuuu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.•*¨*•♫

    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Hi Tilly,

      It’s not easy to come up with gift ideas sometimes. Highly commercialised things can be boring, so we like to be creative. It’s a great feeling to know that our gifts are appreciated.

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    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Thanks. It’s rewarding to create beautiful things for people you care about. It’s important to take some time out too to be creative. Thanks for your appreciation.

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