One of my dear chums gave me a box-shaped gift at Christmas.
When I unwrapped it on Christmas morning and saw that it was indeed a box of something, the dimensions immediately suggested a pair of shoes.
Here is the Christmas box unwrapped on the left, with a rather natty shoe box on the right to show the similarity in size:
The wording on the box, however, suggested something quite different:
This might lead you to believe that there was wine inside. However, this chum, despite being something of a wine connoisseur himself, knows that I don’t drink the stuff. What, then, was in the box?
Something much more up my street:
Having so much other rich food at Christmas, I wanted to keep this special box for a later date. It is definitely a sharing present, and was given to me with the intention that I share it with my delightful assistants.
I’m excited about all of it, but I’m especially looking forward to trying the tea:
And the cake:
And the jelly babies:
And the pudding:
And the biscuits (which I will be very happy to dunk in the tea, to allow them to fulfil their duty):
I look forward to reporting on the tasting of these in due course.
Having seen what was in the left hand box in the first picture, you might be curious to see what was in the right hand one.
The box itself is rather decorative, with pretty tissue paper covering the the shoes inside:
These are in fact the shoes I got married in. The marriage is, alas, no more and sciatica prevents me from tottering around in heels these days, but I do still take these beauties out of the box every now and then to have a look at them.
As you can see, they’re not only decorative on the top, but the soles are covered in rabbits popping out of teapots:
The shoe is lined with turquoise velvet, the outside being finished in pink velvet with tinselly coloured stripes and a big bow at the toe. The heel is chunky, pink and translucent, with a leaf motif and a blue bit at the end: