Kindness Odds and Ends

Look what the postie left for me yesterday!

There, lying amongst the bills and begging letters was a letter with stamps, real stamps! Real stamps = a letter from a real person! These stamps were so unusual that I (briefly) thought about collecting stamps again. πŸ˜‰

Real stamps, and aren't they gorgeous!
Real stamps, and aren’t they gorgeous!

This was what was inside. A card and some other goodies.

The card

I was even more delighted. Let me explain why.

A little while ago I told you about Alys’s wonderful contribution to her neighbourhood in the form of her Little Free Library. She had described the opening in a post on Gardening Nirvana. The front of her card to me shows the Little Free Library. Isn’t it just the cutest thing? I know that if I was walking down her street I would not be able to resist taking a peek inside, and probably take a book. Because that is the idea of the scheme. The books are available for anyone to take and anyone can leave books there. It is the most marvellous idea.

It is the sort of thing I would love to have on my nature strip. As I can’t, I opted for the next best thing — sending a couple of books to Alys. I am not the only one to have done this, and I am sure that the others are also chuffed to know that their books are being enjoyed byΒ people hundreds and thousands of kilometres away. Of course you can keep up to date with Alys’ Little Free Library by following her blog.

This came in the letter too.


What did I send? Possum magic by Mem Fox, of course, and a Roland Harvey book about travelling around Australia.

Thank you Alys. Your letter made my day. πŸ™‚

13 replies on “Look what the postie left for me yesterday!”

Wonderful. Let’s hope love of reading, and of real books never dies. I am a fan of e-books now mostly because they facilitate Indie authors but will always gravitate towards tradtional books.
The book selections you sent were fantastic. I will keep my eye out for a couple to send.
I love the stamps – Global – how appropriate to the blog world πŸ™‚

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I hadn’t made that connection between the stamps and the global nature of the blogging world — but it is a most appropriate one.
An actual book is such a satisfying object, isn’t it? I am rereading old favourites and love the smell of them and the thickness of the paper. Surely we have room in our world for both virtual and actual books.

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I’ve just been checking out the Little Free Library movement – what a seriously fantastic idea. Part of me wants to grab some tools and make one! Then I get real and wish someone else would make one so I can donate some books. πŸ™‚ Love it.

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I left a comment here yesterday, but it seems to have disappeared. Perhaps I didn’t hit send from my phone.

I’m glad I popped back in to let you know that *you* made *my* day! This was a delight to read and thanks once again for spreading the word regarding the little free library. I feel so special.

Thank you, Anne!


I am sorry the first comment didn’t make it. I find it so frustrating when that happens. From the comments I am getting, people seem to be very interested, or at least intrigued, by the idea. If you hadn’t established yours, we would not know about it.


What a fun idea! Occasionally see “leave a book, take a book” at cabins and things when we are on vacation, but never thought of a more community-oriented version. And I adore getting real mail. So much of it is just junk…


You are right Kit, it is a very community-oriented version of that vacation idea. The other difference is that the houses are much cuter than the shelf in the cabin! Thanks for dropping by.


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