When I was 14 or 15 my best chum and I wrote a message in a bottle and threw it into the channel whilst returning from a school trip to France. In the letter we included information about us, our home addresses and we appealed for a pen-pal from a far flung place. Lets gloss over this wanton littering of the sea and just be grateful for the fact that I wasn’t locked in the ladies chain smoking with the rest of my classmates.
We promptly forgot about this on our return, no doubt being overcome with our undying love for Bros ( the shame ), until the giddy day we each received a responding letter. Apparently our bottle had been washed up on a beach in France, when a family who were holidaying there had come upon it bobbing about in the surf. I’m ashamed to say that I cannot remember the name of the girl who penned this letter and our correspondence was short lived. But I do still remember the feeling of romantic hope when we threw the bottle into the sea and the utter wonder of receiving a reply.
In this same spirit I have signed up to the excellent scheme Foodie Pen pals. Food bloggers and readers are matched up with a different pen-pal each month and then we all send a little parcel containing foodie treats, the idea is that we all post on the same day about our lovely parcels. Unfortunately my parcel went on a little magical mystery tour and was delivered a little late, no matter – its contents made up for its tardy arrival.
My Foodie Pen-pal is Lene from Lithuania and she sent me some lovely hard cheese ( similar to a pecorino ), some little salami style sausages, dark chocolate ( scoffed some of these straight away ), honey tea and these intriguing ‘Alice In Wonderland’ inspired sweets:
Thank you Lene for this little taste of your home country. No need for a message in a bottle just check out this link if you would like to join in the fun.
Love Lemony x