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