Sunday, 27 March 2011

Jams from Florida!

I love surprises. I love it when things arrive in the post from far away. Wonderful colourful things that make me giddy and squishy all at once.

Friday afternoon at work my colleague brought me a parcel, which I assumed was from a customer returning some DVDs for exchange. But it wasn’t! It was just for me, all the way from Florida.

This past winter was tough for me. It seemed like it would go on forever and I’m still trying to squeeze myself out of my shell. My lovely blogger friend Karen decided to cheer me up by sending me five of the most delightful tropical-inspired jams. Wee pots of mango jam and even a pina colada jam and a chocolate and raspberry.
Sometimes I am overwhelmed that people can be so kind and thoughtful, giving to others without asking for anything in return.

These made my week. I’ve tried both the mango and the pina colada. The mango has a hint of spicy underneath the sweet tang and the soft fragrance of the pina colada would be the perfect sandwiched between two layers of sponge.

I love how an entirely different sensual world can arrive on your doorstep through the post. The scents and flavours from someone else’s country, city, town, house. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved hosting giveaways on my other blog - just the idea of having someone unwrapping a little piece of Scotland and all the joy and excitement they experience.

What was the best surprise gift you received in the post?


Zhoen said...


Thanks the opportunity to thank herhimnbryn again.

Dale said...


Kay said...

what a wonderful thing to happen!! Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely surprise to cheer you up :-) I think we're into Springtime now so things can only get better! Jo

PurestGreen said...

I tried the chocolate raspberry today. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

Robyn said...

There's nothing like receiving something via snail mail to cheer you up.

Happy eating.

Megan said...

Ooooh mango jam sounds devine. I'm a big jam fan myself !!!
Thanks for stopping by my Kiwi Scouser blog :)
I'm now off to peruse this blog LOL.....definitely love Scotland for the Senses and have been following for a while :)

Pia K said...

"...people can be so kind and thoughtful, giving to others without asking for anything in return." - that's so lovely, the thought of pass it forward. the jams sounds amazing (and of course choc+rasp is wonderful, a match made in food heaven!)

i think many many of us have had a really tough winter, as if winter 09/10 wasn't tough enough, winter 10/11 has been even worse... sigh. but things are changing rapidly now. and with jams come sun, haven't you heard?;)