Joy, Happiness and Double Delight

19 Feb

Some of my Dear Readers may remember ClothKitty. I made her some 40 years ago and early in November 2021 made her some more clothes so that she could go to Spain along with a Wild Thing to live with LiveWires nos 5 and 6. I packed them up with some of the books we had read over video calls during lockdown. I made another parcel just of books, all books that had been passed down from our four to the LiveWires – everything secondhand or well used.

Well, one parcel of books arrived but the family were charged €18 to accept it, Brexit and customs being to blame.  The second parcel containing the toys and books was held by customs demanding some crazy fee and then eventually was ‘returned to sender.’  I quite thought that ClothKitty and her pal were lost forever but today, February 19th 2022,  they turned up!

I have been quite sad about losing ClothKitty, not just for herself, a member of our family for 40+ years but I had also tucked in a little blanket crocheted by my Granny 70+ years ago for my dolls. Also irreplaceable were the little duvet and pillow made by my Mum for one of our girl’s dolls and the duvet cover and pillow case that I had made with Senegalese fabric left over from the dress made for me in Senegal when the LiveWires’ parents married.

I think you can imagine my delight when the parcel was delivered today!

My double delight came when our son called from Barcelona to say they have booked tickets to visit at Easter! We have said that they need to keep space and weight in their luggage to take everything home with them. It will be so much better to actually see their little faces when they are given ClothKitty and the Wild Thing and we can cuddle up and read to them properly!
I am over the moon!


Posted by on February 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “Joy, Happiness and Double Delight

  1. artfulcrone

    February 20, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    What a wonderful, positive story! I’m very happy for you!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 1, 2022 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you. I bathed in the delight for days and still have the parcel in the sitting room where it makes me smile every evening. 🙂

  2. utesmile

    February 20, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    That is fantastic the parcel was found and came back to you. What a relief! Parcels these days are not safe, I am still waiting for one from Austria sind 9. January. Also my sister in Germany and me don’t send parcels any more as it is far too expensive in relation what is in it. A real shame.
    The best thing is they are coming to you and can then in person take it with them.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 1, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      You are right about parcels these days. Sadly we don’t send Christmas or birthday parcels to them but one money transfer each year for the parents to buy all the presents. I was getting concerned that by the time LiveWires 5 and 6 got ClothKitty and the books, they might have grown out of them so we decided to post. At least it has all ended happily and in 6 weeks they will be able to have the toys and books in person! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 1, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      I hope your parcel has now arrived from Austria, fingers crossed for you. xx

      • utesmile

        March 2, 2022 at 9:25 am

        Sally, I am lucky , it just arrived yesterday! Yippee

  3. nrhatch

    February 20, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    How wonderful ~ the return of the package AND a scheduled in-person visit to anticipate!
    Woo Hoo!!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 20, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      Woo hoo indeed! I can barely contain my excitement. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 1, 2022 at 9:42 pm

      Aren’t we lucky? I had really given up on it ever being returned to us – but here it is – and here the LiveWires will be in only 6 weeks! 🙂

  4. Sandra

    February 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Oh how marvellous that she’s safe. What a shame the parcel didn’t reach the Live Wires. Hopefully you will be able to pass Cloth Kitty and those precious things on in person one day.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 20, 2022 at 9:54 am

      They are visiting at Easter! 🙂

      • Sandra

        February 20, 2022 at 9:59 am

        Hurrah! 😊

  5. Heyjude

    February 20, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I can imagine how relieved you were to get the parcel returned. Memories are priceless.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 20, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Indeed, so pleased I wept! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 1, 2022 at 9:43 pm

      Utter delight and relief, such treasures in that box and now they are safe again. 🙂


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