Well, what a lovely lot you are! Thank you SO much for the incredible response to last week's blog, and for your hundreds of entries into the prize draw! Although I gave you three possible answers, we had some really great suggestions as to what this rather strange object was!
I think one of my favourites was from Ann who thought it might be some sort of 'warmer' for socks or stockings! If someone wants to invent such a thing, I'd be more than happy to sell it on QVC In fact, based on your truly inspirational and imaginative answers, I wished afterwards that I'd not bothered with the multiple choice – your guesses would have been far more entertaining!
However, the real answer was – as so many of you correctly guessed – an American Tea Drinking Straw! I think Jo Downey's husband, Colin, deserves an individual prize for his informative and completely accurate description, which I shall now hi-jack! "It is a bombilla from South America and is used to drink Yerba Mate – a tea made from the leaves of holly tree"!
Understandable, you'd need a straw otherwise the leaves would prickle you when you drank it! :) I can add to that, as they are available in our local delicatessen complete with a hollowed out gourd in which to drink the tea! Extraordinary, eh? And there was my Colin and I thinking we'd stumbled on something of great value from a bygone era – they're about £9 to buy And so who's the winner???
CONGRATULATIONS TO LORETTA GARDNER! :) You may remember her comment "I guess it's C, but to be honest it looks like it could have come out of that book – Fifty Shades of Grey!" Made me hoot Loretta, you've won Laura Geller's Magic Collection, a full-size Skin Diffuser, and three of her fabulous marble lipsticks – I will arrange to get them to you just as soon as I'm back at work. Thanks though to all of you who took part – I'll try and get another competition up and running again soon.
I must also thank you so very much for your incredibly kind and caring comments. You really have helped me enormously over the last few weeks, with your wise and warm words, and I have felt very loved indeed :) And very lucky to have you all in my life…
I am definitely feeling stronger these days and the bruising is fading too (this photo of my leg, left, was taken after two weeks!), but I have incredibly hard lumps all over my tummy and thighs, which don't take kindly to being crammed into the old corset 24/7! But, as I mentioned, the discomfort I had across my chest has pretty much gone now and I am hoping that once the fat they transferred has settled, I will look more normal and less dented than I did The left side already looks great, but we knew that the right side with the radiation damage would take longer…
I've been spoiled with visitors since I've been home and had a lovely lunchtime with Becky, my stepdaughter from my previous marriage, her husband, Mark, and little Ethan. I am known as his Nanny Ali, and I thought you might like to see the photo at the top of this post…he was very patient as I could only walk at a snail's pace!
I will be writing again soon, but please do keep in touch, as I love to hear from you all, and it was so good to catch up with Una and Alpa – the Army feels more complete now :)
Take care, with my love as always, Ali xx