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A Surprise Veg Box From Mr McGregor’s Patch

Oh So Thoughtful Gift, Rocking Dog

Oh So Thoughtful Gift

What a wonderful surprise I had yesterday. How lovely to find a veg box from Mr McGregor’s patch on my doorstep. I am unfortunately being a little economical with the truth, the box has come from some gorgeous neighbours, and not with the name McGregor.

I happened to mention a little while ago to Scott and Graeme that their vegetable plot reminded me of Mr McGregor’s. I am sure all of us as children were read the story of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. Naughty Peter going into Mr McGregor’s walled kitchen garden for a little extra curricular eating. How I loved that book, nearly as much as “The Tale Of Two Bad Mice”. When Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb realise that the food in the doll’s house is made of plaster is a particular favourite.

The surprise box of veg’ bought a tear to my eye, it was so very thoughtful and so very delicious. Tiny beetroot, celery, carrots, new potatoes, lettuce and radishes. Such lovely ingredients will require nothing to enhance them. Thank you so much for your incredible kindness and I loved the McGregor Patch label, what a sentimental old boot I am!

Surprise parcels are nearly always so wonderful. I love “The Railway Children”, and not just for that memorable scene in the film when Jenny Agutter sees her father through the smoke. The hamper the wealthy old gentleman sends and which the family delights in is a lovely scene too.

Another hamper, another book, I adore “Sarah and Simon and no red paint” by Edward Ardizzone. A grumpy uncle sends a hamper with delicious listed contents to an impoverished artist and his family. It’s a rags to relative riches story with good morals and lovely illustrations.

Then of course there is the Cratchett family who are sprung a surprise when a reformed Ebenezer Scrooge turns up on Christmas Day bearing gifts. Charles Dickens was a marvel.

My most favourite surprise parcel ever is one I think I may have written about before. In March 1980 I was at Aldershot doing my Army basic training. A born soldier I absolutely was not. Basic fitness, maths lessons, kit inspections, room inspections, drill…..I was very homesick. I’m sure I delighted my parents with numerous tearful pay phone calls telling them how i’d been shouted at, had my room torn apart, and been berated on the drill square. There were letters and cards from my Mum and then a parcel. A brown papered plastic ice cream tub was filled with lovely bits of this and that. I can particularly remember a tea towel hand embroidered with my name rank and number and some flowers from the garden. I certainly remember Alyssum Gold Dust in the posy. I sobbed on my scratchy army blanketed bed, it was so lovely to have things that reminded me and smelt of home.

One final parcel story. About a year ago a parcel arrived addressed to me and I was hopeful that Andyman had bought me a little treat. Luxuriating in the moment of opening the parcel I was so despondent to find that the box contained six bottles of “Bar keeper’s Friend” a useful powder for cleaning sinks. Romance is absolutely not dead!

See you Monday. Until then have a great weekend and enjoy the sun – but as I always say, remember the Factor 50!….. Yes Mum!!!

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