It’s a good thing Selwick Hall has lots of space, because Eloise and Colin have been busy unloading wedding presents, ranging from a novelty cuckoo clock to a particularly cranky garden gnome.
Mrs. Selwick-Alderly’s official gift was a Georgian silver tea service (and if you’ve read the book, you know who it originally belonged to!).
Her unofficial gift? The Pink Carnation’s own campaign trunk. (No links provided. Colin and Eloise are still keeping this one under wraps.)
Sally Plowden-Plugge provided a 1790s “Tête-à-Tête Tea Set“– with purple flowers, of course.
Colin’s friend Martin decided they needed a slow-cooker and some particularly strong oven mitts. Also some woolly socks.
Best Man Nick booked them on a ski vacation neither of them wanted (which will be re-gifted to Nick and Pammy– coincidence?).
Eloise’s college roommate, Alex, got her a very strong coffee maker, which Eloise will get very confused trying to use.
Jeremy, to everyone’s surprise, used his art world connections to acquire a portrait believed to be of the Duke and Duchess of Belliston, consulting plans for a special kennel for stoats (provenance and attribution uncertain):
Jillian designed a comic mug for Eloise:
Eloise hasn’t gotten around to opening Pammy’s present. She’s too afraid.
Sharlene (who makes all the lovely cards you see on my website and Facebook page) gave Colin and Eloise service for twelve in this china pattern:
Here’s your mission should you choose to accept it. What do you think Colin and Eloise need as they embark on their new life together?
Any and all suggestions accepted! Links optional.
Bonus question: what’s the worst gift you ever received?
Since one good gift deserves another, two people will be chosen at random to receive copies of The Lure of the Moonflower. (Your choice of paper or audio.) Winner to be announced on Saturday!