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Friday, March 22, 2013

Friends and sharing






I am lucky enough to have a lovely friend who is married to a cousin of mine, so she is also family.

We share a love for cooking, vegetable gardening, books, markets, country living (but also a little city living when the time is right) and pursuing balance and happiness for ourselves and our families.  Due to school routines and outback distances we only see each other occasionally. 

Instead of a shared weekly coffee or lunch we have started a package swap which happens every fortnight or so.  At a mutually agreed location we drop a package for each other to collect.  Over the last year we have swapped seeds, plants, relish, cuttings, homemade artwork, a pumpkin, tea, hand-me-down children’s clothing and always books or magazines.

Sometimes we might write a handwritten note which is normally just a hello, a brief description of the goods or a little shared news.   I don’t think either of us have bought anything specifically for our swap.  It is always handmade, home grown, something from our pantries or books and magazines that were bought to share eventually anyway. 

I have grown to love this swap.  It is about generosity, sharing and building friend ship.   Every package is a little surprise and it always brightens my day.

Do you swap bits and pieces with friends?

Do you make friends easily?  For me it takes time. 

Happy Friday blog friends. 


42 comments :

  1. sharing like you do with your friend is such a great idea and a lovely way to stay connected with her..

    i have one friend with whom i share like that but it's when we visit each other..sometimes it's just a little bunch of flowers or vegetables from the garden..and we often check before visiting to find out if surplus one of us has is useful to the other..

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    1. Thanks Jane, these little bits of generosity make the world go around don't they?

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  2. what a wonderful idea Jane and i love the idea of who is going to suprise who!!nothing nicer than an exchange of " home made" gifts! ( EWE BEAUTY)

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  3. this is a lovely thing to do!
    making friends is harder when you're an adult, i think. my closest friends are now 'remote', either in another state or far enough away that it takes planning to catch up in person. but there is much emailing that goes on, and i think they read my blog and stay in touch that way.
    i like the new friends i am making thru my blog, talking with people who live far away from me - including broken hill :-) - but share my interest in good food and a good life.
    happy friday to you too jane.

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    1. Thank you e, I think this is what we all love about blogging...we have a common interest immediately and from there the friendship grows :)

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  4. This is a lovely idea.
    I need to start something like this.
    x

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    1. Thank you Zara! Your comments are always appreciated :)

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  5. What a gorgeous idea. Oh, I want to do this with someone! The sage looks lovely!

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    1. Thanks Anna. The sage is actually a daisy but I am not sure which variety...the mystery of a garden gift!

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  6. I suck at making friends...so I have about five of them in total. I love the idea of swapping things for your friend - but especially the "drop off location"...is it a cafe or store in town?

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    1. Mel, I honestly think if you have 5 real friends you are doing very well. The drop off location is actually my aunties house which we are both lucky enough to have access to when we need it. Very handy with young children :)

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  7. I love this idea Jane.
    It reminds me I am still to post my own little parcel to you. It will be on its way soon. Promise. Have a lovely weekend x

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    1. No dramas Kylie...I am very patient and grateful too!

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  8. What a beautiful idea Jane! Hope you have a good day too - and enjoy the weekend!
    Sarah x

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    1. We are lucky to have amazing friends and family aren't we Kate?

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  10. What a lovely thing to do. It's things like that, that can really brighten a day/week. No wonder you look forward to it.
    I think a lot of people would love a friendship like that... (I know I would!)

    (ps. did you find any dark malt flour?)

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    1. Thank you! I am still investigating the malt flour :)

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  11. That is such a great idea! Having you share homemade stuff is even better.

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  12. Such a beautiful idea Jane! I love all of the fantastic homemade gifts you have shared!!

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  13. Your friend is also passing this on to her children by getting them to share a piece of fruit with me from their trees or a few flowers...heads mostly...or a snatch of basil or mint in the passing! All good training for life. (I have been assured that I can have all the ripening figs while they are away!)

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    1. The offer of figs would be hard to resist Annie! x

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  14. Love this idea, Jane, thank you for sharing it. I found it hard when I was younger, as I was so quiet and shy. I think I'm still something of an introvert, but always know in my heart when I meet someone whether I am going to form a friendship and, more importantly, stay friends.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy. Yes, I think as we get older we get better at sensing who will be a real friend!

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  15. What a great idea and a wonderful way to brighten up a day - it is so nice to get surprises. I have a dear friend who lives in London & another in LA - maybe we should start up a long-distance version of this? Of course, we'll have to keep the parcels light.

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  16. This is a lovely idea Jane. I often think that blogging is like a virtual drop off but wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just slot a loaf of bread into the computer and hey presto it's transported to a blogging friend?

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    1. Thanks Anne, I have often thought the same thing!

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  17. What a great idea. I know nearly everyone else has already said it - but it is. Thanks for sharing!! A nice way to extend the inspirations and recycle papery materials.

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    1. Thanks Georgina, great to hear from you.

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  18. That's a perfect friendship! I'm slow to make friends... a bit shy at first, then I'm very outgoing once I warm up :)

    xox Lilly

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  19. What a great idea! I could really do with some packages of goodies at my home, new books to read, different jars of goodies and a reminder there are other people out there.

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    1. Thanks Liz, it is good to remember there are some lovely people out there in amongst our busy lives!

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  20. What great sunshine this friendship brings into ones life. Like the garden, it grows too. I know we all do well with an exchange of sparkle and shine in our day, thankyou Jane.

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane