Sunday, March 03, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - Pick your Precious

Hosted by the lovely Sian.  
It's the first Sunday of the month and time for a
 Thai themed "Precious".

Our honeymoon took us back to Thailand. This is probably of all the countries (not that there's many!) I've been lucky enough to visit, my most favourite. The culture, the people and the place is amazing.

The workshop was busy,  men sitting outside on the floor, in the sun carving huge pieces of wood....with hand tools. No machinery. We watched for ages. The designs were amazing, full of detail. These men were super talented. No drawings or sketches (that I recall).

Somehow we got talked (as you do) into purchasing a hand carving. A wedding present to ourselves. why not.

The carving we chose had to be shipped back to the UK. A tad too big for our hand luggage. Months and months after we returned home we received a call to say our chest had arrived at Southampton Docks.
Influencing by our time in Chang Mai elephant trekking.
Our chest has always had pride of place and is a piece of furniture that I hope I will never tire of. 

For more stories hop across and see Sian

24 comments:

  1. I am sure that you have seen on my blog what a fan of Thailand I am. This is so cool as I trekked with elephants in Chang Mai too - but my momento is a slightly smaller picture frame with an elephant on. This carving is so special though and I bet you're glad you got talking into it!

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  2. It's amazing. No I don't think you'll ever tire of something so beautifully made

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  3. What a gorgeous momento - I'm not surprised that you decided to treat yourselves and it must have been so exciting when it finally arrived. Precious indeed! Thanks for letting us have a look today Louise - I hope you had a lovely weekend

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  4. Lovely to meet you this weekend Louise, and I love this story about your honeymoon. What a lovely keepsake :)

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  5. That is a beautiful memento to go with such a lovely memory.

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  6. fantastic piece, it must be very special to you both.

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  7. It is a gorgeous piece that will always have loving memories for you. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  8. Lovely to meet you and what a gorgeous chest, elephants are a favourite of mine. Glad you have such a memento of your honeymoon.

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  9. Fab story Louise and wow what a stunning chest! What a fantastic thing to remember your honeymoon with :)

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  10. That's a very precious piece you chose in Thailand. It's wonderful that it arrived safely at Southampton. What a journey it has had already and no doubt will have in the future holding all your precious things.

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  11. What a beautiful piece of furniture Louise x
    Every time you see it it's sure to remind you of your honeymoon.
    We have a clock we bought in similar circumstances :)

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  12. A perfect memento - and all the more special because you saw the men at work and had to wait awhile for it to arrive.

    Great to meet you this weekend - wish it could have been longer for you!

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  13. The carving is beautiful..what a lovely reminder of your honeymoon!..it was great to meet you at the weekend- hope that hip gets sorted out soon!
    Alison xx

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  14. What a lovely carved piece and a precious reminder of your honeymoon.

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  15. Wow! We saw things like this being made but we were too scared to buy anything in case it never turned up! They were amazing doing it all by hand and seemingly without any plan or anything.

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  16. What a wonderful piece of carving and a lovely honeymoon memento too!

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  17. What a fantastic heirloom. I'm sure you've never regretted being talked into that purchase. Thanks for sharing,
    Rinda

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  18. That is simply beautiful and the memories it holds must be amazing x

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  19. Oh nice! I am planning an upcoming story on a keepsake from our honeymoon as well. It's nice to have a keepsake from such a special trip.

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  20. How very special and so beautifully done - both the chest and your sharing of it with us. I hope that you will have any more happy years together.

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  21. Another elephant fan here. What a fabulous piece and how wonderful that you decided to buy it. With such beautiful memories attached to it I don't think you will ever tire of it.

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  22. To think that it came halfway across the globe makes it precious but with all the memories it carries with it makes it a real treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  23. There are very few things that are as beautiful as a hand carved chest! And one with precious memories even more so.

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  24. Oh wow, that's amazing, such a beautiful keepsake that you will treasure forever! We went elephant trekking in Chang Mai too, but we weren't that enamoured with it, so high and scary! x

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