Mr. Squash and I arrived home from work yesterday to find a package from Finland! A while back, I sent Ulla some American fly fishing magazines for Mr. K., a handmade fabric basket for Ulla and some other goodies. We have so enjoyed her posts about their travels and fly fishing, and since we fly fish as well, we thought they would like to see some of our local fishing magazines. Well, Ulla and Mr. K. were kind enough (and so generous) to send us goodies as well!
One of the gifts was Ulla's handmade messenger bag which she says we can use to carry all of our purchases home from the fly fishing shop! Mr. Squash is modeling it below and holding one of the magazines. Ulla's work is impeccable - she even serged the raw edges!
These two magazines, while mostly in Finnish, are so neat! We started reading through them immediately! We also noticed in some of the ads, that the Finnish have a really great sense of humor!
We were in such a hurry to try on the bag, that we nearly missed these great buttons! There is one of these on either side of the handles.
This Gone Fishin' button graces the pocket on one side of the bag. Ulla, you are so very thoughful!
I turned around and there was Mr. Squash displaying the chocolate. I had to hurry and take a picture in case it disappeared!
But wait - there's more! Mr. K. tied two flies for us! You see them on the right below. The one on top is the Finnish National Fly - Nalle Puh (Winnie the Pooh - can you believe it?). He says it is for fast rapids, which Mr. Squash is better at than I. The other is SL-pupa (pupa stands for larvae) and says it is internationally known! I'll give this one a whirl. They are both barbless as well, so we can release our catches to grow bigger for the next year! The other item is a needle threader for embroidery floss that Ulla got in Germany. I can't wait to use this - the one I use now is worthless and this looks like it will do the trick!
I've emailed our thanks to Ulla, but just want to say again how much we will enjoy all of these great gifts! I told Ulla the only thing that would be better would have been for them to arrive along with the package and we four could head into the woods for an adventure together!