11 December 2018

It's The Thought That Counts


It’s Paul’s birthday today.  I bought him possibly the worst present ever.

Paul and I don’t usually do gifts nowadays.  Like Jenn (Coffee on the Porch with Me), we have everything we want or we just buy something if we need it. I have spent too much time in the past agonising over presents that will delight the recipient.  Nowadays I’m a bit of a Grinch.

I have spoilt him in the past - a weekend in Paris (it was supposed to be a surprise but he found the tickets), trips to the theatre, a surprise birthday party. And he has bought me some lovely presents, including a car wrapped up with a big bow. The best birthday surprise was when we were living full time in France.  I thought we were just going out to lunch in Bergerac but he turned right into the little airport to meet our two daughters who had flown over to stay the week.

So this is what I bought him from the garden centre at the weekend...
 

A three edged hoe.  I feel quite ashamed that it wasn’t more thrilling but he is actually very pleased with it.  (We had to leave most of our garden tools behind in France.)  It's better than a pair of socks isn't it?




31 comments:

  1. Grinch is not an English word. I have to guess its meaning.

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  2. That is a beautiful hoe - almost a work of art!

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  3. It looks like a lethal weapon to me. You had best be nice to Paul.

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  4. As Father Christmas would say...hoe, hoe, hoe. Thought I'd get in first!

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  5. We are the same as you re presents but it’s great when inspiration hits and you choose something good like your hoe. Well done and Happy Birthday Paul.

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    1. It will come in useful, that's for sure.

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  6. Now there's a present I would actually love!! (Thanks for the reference, by the way! - still haven't got a suggestion out of him!) Uhhh, jeesh, a car? You got a car? -Jenn

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    1. It's better than socks. Yup, I got a car. Nowadays I have to share.

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  7. It looks to me like the perfect present for akeen gardener. Like you I can't think of a single thing I want so I have asked for Book Tokens from everyone - easy to buy and they will be quickly used up.

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  8. Definitely better than socks, unless he has cold feet. Happy birthday, Paul.

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  9. I used to buy power tools & knit socks for mine. I bought all the shiny goodies that turned me on & he got to brag about them. Now-a-days, we don't bother with gifts anymore other than the coffee cards I buy for him so he can check-in with his buddies every morning. I have to say, I never have enough books or sock yarn!

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    1. Never enough books or chocolate for me!

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  10. Ideal present - I would love one.

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  11. It looks more like some peasant weapon from the French Revolution!

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    1. Might need it for the Lincolnshire uprisings.

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  12. It is rather lovely. I hope he will polish it after every use !

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