Sunday, 23 May 2010

Faith Restored

Well, doesn't the world move in mysterious ways? Thank you for all your sympathies over my stolen purse last Sunday and even more so for the stories about those that turned up again thanks to the kindness of strangers. On Tuesday I had the most incredible phone call from a very kind lady at the Wolverhampton Sorting Office. Amazingly, my purse had turned up in a sackful of post from the Moorlands (yes really, our post is sorted by an office more than 50 miles away; if you post a letter here to someone just down the road it has to do over a 100 mile round trip to get there - ridiculous but I'm waffling!)

Apparently items that are dumped in postboxes (all sorts of things she told me) are routinely destroyed but this kind lady had a quick look inside to see if there was any identification and came across a few snaps in there of my boys and me and took pity on us. She took the time to go out of her way and tracked us down via our Caravan & Camping Club card and my purse was retuned by Wednesday lunchtime, complete with bank cards etc, just the £15 cash missing.

I can hardly believe it and even more kindness in that my mum and sisters don't want to return the replacement Cath purse so I've been extremely fortunate all round. Funny how someone smiles on you sometimes.  The world is full of lovely people.
So to celebrate I had a quick nosey in a new little antique shop in town and came across these beatuies which are just the thing for sitting back and enjoying this wonderful weekend we're having.

They were just £8, can you believe and will be perfect for taking away on our little jaunts.
Summer has arrived all of a sudden after some very chilly weather and we're revelling it. The garden is beginning to bloom again.
 The view is greening up and this morning the steam train is puffing merrily up and round the line (you can just see the steam through the trees).
And there is much potting on and potting up going on on my little bench. 
Happy days.  

35 comments:

periwinkle said...

so glad to hear you got your purse back - what a lovely lady to do that for you. Those deckchairs remind me of the ones we used to have when I was a little girl and we went on caravan holidays. Summer has descended here too - hope you are having a lovely weekend .

Frances said...

Oh, how I love a happy ending! Bravo to the kind lady who rescued your purse.

The two stripy chairs are marvelous. Bravo to you for rescuing them!

xo

Helsie said...

Great news about your purse and cards.Nice to know there are lots of good folks out there.
Cheers
Helen

Magic Cochin said...

Three cheers for the lovely lady in the Wolverhampton sorting office! She's a star!

Celia
xx

PS love your new garden chairs

silverpebble said...

Oh I'm so glad you got your purse back and that helped to dispel the horrid feelings.

I am rather in love with your deck chairs - I am also in love with the price - how much? That is one of the bargains of the year, surely?

I adore the image of the strawberries in that little old enamel colander.

Shari Sunday said...

Hi. Haven't been here in a while. The pictures are beautiful. Glad you got your purse back!

A Country Girl said...

Never could resist a happy ending!

Katy Noelle said...

I'm getting suspicious that you really live in a magical place, like, the Island of Sodor, or something. I am so happy for you for this wonderful resolution to things. I'm a bit teary. The world has been seeming so harsh to me, too, lately, and this lady's kindness is like music to my ears. It's always a joy to visit you here!

Love, katy

Katy Noelle said...

P.S. Your steam engine doesn't talk, does it? We are huge fans of steam trains - completely apart from "Thomas".

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Wow what a wonderful happy ending.
There really are some nice people out there.
Love the deck chairs they are wonderful.
Have a great week.
Luv Sophie xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

Lovely ending to to a horrible time. It actually bought tears to my eye. Aren't people lovely!
Julie xxxxx

Helen said...

It restores your faith . . . . . . ther are more good people in the world I am sure!

Serenata said...

Brilliant news about your purse! What a lovely view you have. So pretty, especially in the summer.

Hen said...

That's good news, Steph! Love those chairs, what a bargain. Mr HH is jealous of that steam engine chuffing up and down! Garden is looking very pretty too.
Hen x

harmony and rosie said...

Incredible news about your purse, I bet you were surprised about that. The chairs? Definitely bargain of the year, they are gorgeous but surely someone must have left another digit off!

VintageVicki said...

Well done to the PO lady who solved the riddle - how kind of her :)

Love the view from your garden - a steam train running by - you lucky lady.

Claire said...

Good news always puts a spring in your step and makes the world seem alot brighter and cheerier.

Your chairs remind me of ones my Grandparents owned when I was just a little tacker, same colours.

Lovely photos, glad to hear the weather is finally warming up.

Amanda said...

Oh I am so glad your purse was returned. What a lovely lady! When I worked in the tourist office we often had things handed in that people had dropped and we would try all we could to contact them, but sometimes there just weren't any details... so it's such a good thing your Caravan and Camping Club Card was in there!!

As for your finds, well aren't you the lucky lady! I bet those two lovelies will get much use this summer if the current weather is anything to go by.

melanie said...

Wow, that is unbelievable! How very nice of that lady to do that, there are indeed some lovely people in this world. ;) xxx

The Fairy Glade said...

It restores your faith in human nature doesn't it. Super chairs, love the colours, just right for this lovely warm weather...at least it is in my part of the world at the moment. Devx

Bobo Bun said...

Well what a turn up and hooraay for really kind people.

Yummy post Steph. Gorgeous chairs, crochet throw, your garden and the views. Perfecto.

Oh thanks for pointing out about the pan. I must have deleted it. Durr.

Lisa x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

You would have thought that purses with bank cards in would be returned to the banks to be sent back to their customers... how strange, but thank goodness for that lovely postal worker... mum found a purse in a watering can in her garden once... it turned out that the local toe rags were using mum and dads garden as a rat run and stashing their thieved goods in the garden... mum contacted the police and it was returned...

lovely CS finds... I love the colours of those chairs...

x Alex

Teresa said...

I love a happy ending! Enjoying your blog immensely.... beautiful photos and comments that remind me of home.

prettyshabby said...

Yay!!! what good news Steph!
lovely vintage deckchairs too, what a bargain! x

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That's just wonderful! I love nice people! Lovely pictures...I'm jealous that you have a steam train nearby...

You know I saw a wonderful (big) enamelware jug recently and they wanted $100 for it!

Cherry Pullinger said...

Wow that's amazing that you got your purse back.

Vicky said...

What a great story - really makes you think that there are still some decent people around who will go that extra mile! x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I just love your deck chairs, what a lucky find!! :)
Vivienne x

Claire said...

Oh, aren't some people lovely?! I'm glad you got your purse back, and I love your antique shop finds.

Julia said...

That's such a lovely heart warming story!! How nice to hear of human kindness instead of the usual awful reports of bad deeds and the like! Im over the moon you got your purse back, and I also love the little treasures you found in the antique shop - well done, they're lovely!

Have a nice bank holiday!
Love Julia x x x

Debbie said...

I`m so pleased to know that there`s still wonderful people aroound...
And that now all is well!
Love your new/old chairs.. They were well deserved!

Debbie Moss

sarah-jane down the lane said...

The kindness of strangers, what a wonderful end to the horror of losing your purse, serendipity I say.

Your rant about the sorting office put me in mind of Dorchas Lane, my one weakness! tee hee,

Sarah x

Summer by the sea said...

What a lovely post - like the title of yours says, it restores your faith in mankind. Your deckchairs are a real bargain buy - they look really comfortable too - My garden has sprung into life in the last week or two - can't wait until everything is in flower - Natalie x

Summer by the sea said...

P.S - I notice that it says in your side bar that you like medieval fiction - I have recently read 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World without End' by Ken Follett and loved them - if you have any recommendations, I would be really grateful - thanks Natalie x

tinyinc said...

what a lovely post and such delicious photos

tinyinc