Now to the title - a number of you commented on Ben's plan to mend his ski-boots with the car tyre I found while out and about before Christmas.
On our snowed-in Sunday he took over one end of the living area - too much snow to work out of doors!He broke his second-hand saw cutting the tyre, but he got two pieces...and got the first heel shaped and fitted before going sledging, and then heading for the hospital! He tells me that everyone was wonderful at the hospital - Son 1's was not the first sledging accident they'd seen, by any means.Still on the Good Life theme, perhaps, I wanted to show you two of my best Christmas presents, both of which were thoughtfully given from someone else's collection, rather than bought. This is something worth considering!My mum gave me this beautiful jewellery bag, which I well remember admiring on her dressing table as a child. Inside was this string of beads, which she made up when bead shops became popular in the 1980s. Wasn't it a good choice? So very Floss.Then California Shelley, about whom I've written before, sent me a parcel to open on Christmas Day. A lot of Brits will probably recognise the pretty scene on this etching...... and I've been there! It's Clovelly, the north Devon seaside town with such a steep main street that donkeys are used to carry loads (and tourists) up and down it.This was such a thoughtful gift, and particularly special as we used to live in south Devon with my grandparents. Giving a present that hasn't been bought is something that we could probably do a lot more often.