Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Arrival from Finland!

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!

19 comments:

*karendianne. said...

How neat is THAT! Very thoughtful. It's pretty darn wonderful to find someone that shares the same loves that you do, isn't it? My goodness Candace but you are blessed twice over. *karendianne.

(ps: does she have a Miss Sophie friend?)

Stephanie said...

Fellow Finnish Flyfishers...notice all the "fs"? What a thoughtful and terrific package from Ulla and Mr. K. It would be terrific to one day meet our amazing blog friends, in person.

ferne said...

Fishermen and quilting ladies seem to get along pretty well don't you think. I love my fisherman and even fish with him often. We are heading off on a trip tomorrow and will fish and visit quilt stores and garden centers a long the way. He would envy those flies!

Des said...

THIS is what I love about blogging. finding fellow finnish flyfishers....amazing.

very cool.

Purple and Paisley said...

what wonderful gifts! ulla is a sweetie...☺

Sherri said...

What nice gifts from Ulla...my husband learned to tie flies last summer and really enjoyed it!

Ulla said...

I'm blushing here for all the kind words! Mr. K and I share each other's hobbies in a way, because I have tried fly fishing as well, and he comes with me to fabric shops where he sometimes finds great materials for his flies. It was so nice to find your blog, Candace, and become your friend.

Lisa D. said...

What a neat and thoughtful package!

Carrie ~ said...

Great story and swap...very cool flys, good luck hope you catch a big one.
Its so nice to meet people from all over the world!

Rannyjean said...

Isn't it wonderful how the internet has brought you so much joy and so many new friends! What amazing gifts!

Kay said...

The only thing better than a package in the mail is a package from so far away. That makes it even more special. What thoughtful people.

Kaaren said...

With each new day I continue to be amazed at how much smaller the world has become through blogging.

One can never have too many friends and wouldn't it be so cool if we could all meet some day.

Kim said...

Wonderful gift exchange between fishermen! A nice story. You never know, you might just meet up with them some day. Enjoy those gorgeous flies!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

How fun. Ulla is a sweetheart. And so are you. Perfect gifts.

Nicole said...

What fun! I once visited Helsinki and discovered a really cool quilt shop. I ended up buying a silk screened scarf to take home, but sure loved seeing the quilts they had on display.

Gran said...

How thoughtful both you and Ulla are. Real people sharing with real people. I bet the chocolate is tasty!
What a treat to see all your treasures.

Jackie said...

What a perfect box of goodies for you! I know you're going to enjoy them!

Melanie said...

What a wonderful package from dear Ulla. She is so thoughtful.

I think Blogland makes the world a wonderful friendly place as we are able to get to know one another so well.

Carrie P. said...

How cool that you have connected with other around the world that also like to fly fish. What awesome gifts. I bet Mr. Squash was really surprised.