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MISSION: Birthday Mission 2008

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LITTLE MISS PUZZLE (Half Birthday) :rolleyes:

1. Participating - email sent

2. Received Name: 06/20/2008

3. Mission Sent: 09/03/2008

4. Birthday Arrived

 

I AM SO SORRY THIS IS SO LATE! IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER! WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SO LATE SENDING OUT A MISSION. WE THREW IN A COUPLE EXTRA COINS TO TRY AND MAKE IT UP! SORRY AGAIN!

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1. Participating - email sent

2. Received Name: Yup

3. Mission Sent: Yup and Received!

4. Birthday Arrived ---YESSSS!!!!

 

It came! Happy Hampster Dance!!!

 

I came home today after an awful day at work. People in my office all day because they dont have anywhere to go, (the school that I'm at is under construction). And I really didnt get my work done so home was a plesant sight as was the HUGE box in the hallway!!!. I dove right in, the heck with dinner. Thank you, Thank you, thank you Sarah!!! <_< This was the best unexpected bday present I got this year!

 

Wrapping flying off!

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Hampster Dance Card!!!!

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Real cool Waistpack

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Inside the waistpack

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Lock n Lock

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Inside the lock n lock

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Everything

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Blingage

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In the end I received 3 yummy bags of Jellybeans (my favs), 1 lock n lock cache box, 2 tube caches ready to go, an awesome waistpack with 2 bottles, a cooldanna, 2 MWGB birds, 1 crystal ball Geocoin, 1 adorable Pug cache coin (I love pugs yet dont have one!), a really coll hampster dance card, and a beautiful Geogem (I've been coveting them!). Again thank you so much Sarah (Crowesfeat30). You did an awesome bang up job and I could NOT be happier! :rolleyes:

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1. Participating - email sent

 

2. Received Name - Yes, today - am looking forward to this

 

3. Mission Sent - Oh yeah, got this baby all packaged up and shipped today. Just couldn't wait - I was soooo excited! It's going early cause it has a long ride to reach the birthday person and I don't want it to be late........Wonder if they can hold off 'til their birthday to open it - September _???

 

4. Birthday Arrived - 9/ 3 - Today a pretty green envelope arrived from Sweden. Oh, my - could I wait - Nooooooo - and I forgot to take photos before I unwrapped everything. What fun - and a BIG Thank You to grodan & fiabus for making this a Special Birthday.

 

Each item was wrapped and it was apparent time was spent to get to know more about me. Here is what I got: nice card with a priate theme, stickers and scrapbooking items, a moose key ring which glows in the dark (very cute), two cache containers (and one I had never seen - great nano), a handpainted frig magnet and two more one a boxer dog and one a turtle, a virgo bracelet, boxer towel, Sweden flag, 3 postcards (a moose, blueberries and lobster), a dream catcher and 5 coins (a 2005 Maine coin, a G&F personal coin, 2 Big Beans and a Elle77 & Solan109 birthday coin).

 

This was a very generous birthday package. Thank you for making my day!

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Birthday Mission One (DBSO Monkey)

1. Participating - Yes, email sent 6/7/08

2. Received Name - Yes 6/20/08

3. Mission Sent - In the mail tomorrow :lol: - EDIT: Package has shipped via Priority Mail on 9.5.08

4. Birthday Arrived - Still Not Here :(

 

Birthday Mission #2 will take place in Q4

Edited by The_Geomonkeys

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CF30's Mission

1. Participating - YES!!! ^_^ 01/01/2008

2. Received Name - YES!!! :P 06/20/2008. Now I get to decide what to send them..... :unsure:

3. Mission Sent - Yes. :) 08/29/08

4. Birthday Arrived - No. :) My Birthday came & went with no gift either. I'm now hoping that my Mission Sender is just running behind as I was. I little word would be nice tho... ;)

 

CF30

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1. Participating - Yes, as of 7 July

2. Received name - Yes, on 11 July

3. Mission sent - Tomorrow morning! (18 July)

4. Birthday received - Yes, and early!

 

I am currently away from my home and won't get back until early October. Special thanks to the sender of my birthday mission, and no worries about peeking - I am too far away! :unsure:

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LITTLE MISS PUZZLE (Half Birthday) :D

1. Participating - email sent

2. Received Name: 06/20/2008

3. Mission Sent: 09/03/2008

4. Birthday Arrived 09/07/2008

 

Little Miss Puzzle is at her dad's until Wednesday, so she will open her pretty heavy box then. We will post photos as well. Just wanted you to know she got it.

 

I hope her mission made it...haven't seen any posts!

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I (Mrs usyoopers) was hoping a package would have arrived while we were gone on vacation...my birthday was 2 weeks ago and no presents for me :D

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Caitlyn and I never received our joint b-day mission, either, it was from back in May.

 

Micke received a wonderful one from Steinwälzer that totally made his day.

 

Hanna's b-day is coming up in December. I hope she fares better than Catie-bug and me!

 

I haven't heard if my July b-day person, the wife of a cacher, received hers or not.

 

Naomi :rolleyes:

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All parts of this birthday mission are complete for me. I received the most awesome package on Monday, the day after my birthday. It was perfect! Thank you so much, elle77, for your generosity!

 

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BTW, that's not an actual cake from Sweden--it's a card! :unsure:

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Mrs. usyoopers

 

participating- email sent 1-2-08

received name- got it!! 6-22

mission sent- Heading out today 9-15...travel safe!

Birthday arrived-

 

The other yooper

 

participating- email sent 1-2-08

received name-

mission sent-

Birthday arrived-

 

Long wait for us too, Aug. & Oct....so faaar off!....closer now!

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1. Participating - email sent - my birthday isn't till Sept. so will have to wait for the rest

2. Received Name - June 20

3. Mission Sent - July 2 (It may not arrive in time but it is mailed, I am little preoccupied with CA fires)

4. Birthday Arrived - No Package yet.

 

Well I was gone on vacation for my birthday hoping when I arrived home I would have a package, but no package yet for me. It's only a week late. I will keep hoping.

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CF30's Mission

1. Participating - YES!!! :huh: 01/01/2008

2. Received Name - YES!!! :P 06/20/2008. Now I get to decide what to send them..... :huh:

3. Mission Sent - Yes. :D 08/29/08

4. Birthday Arrived - No. :D After almost a month with no word, no package & no follow up I suspect that it is not coming. I'm thinking of skipping the second mission I signed up for for December & just moving on to the Halloween Mission. Rather disappointed here... :rolleyes:

 

CF30

Edited by Crowesfeat30

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Looks like tehre have been quite a few missions not been sent out, is there someone keeping trck of those and contactinc the supposed senders?

 

Still waiting on mine also... :rolleyes:

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Have birthday names been sent out of November yet? Never can keep this all straight. Have not recieved our new recipent for our November birthday yet.

 

Not yet. I will have those out by the end of the week. I haven't been on the forums for a couple of weeks or so and had forgotten I was going to send out missions on the 15th of this month. Keep sending requests to join up until the 19th.

 

I have been trying to keep track of who has sent theirs out, but I'm going to go through my entire records and see who has not sent and rec'd their package this weekend.

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Little Miss Puzzle will be resending her half birthday mission out again. It came back due to a zip code error on our part. It will go back out on Friday. We have contacted the person it is going to about the delay.

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OK, I am not sure if I received my mission... :)

 

My birthday was about 2 weeks ago, and I got a strange package about 3 months (!) ago, which cointained a Geocoin Secret Agent coin :laughing::ph34r: and two non-trackable coins from my seeking list, all wrapped in a plain piece of paper on which was written "Happy Birthday" on it, nothing else, the mailer contained nothing more, and the mailer itself had no information who might have been the sender. At that time I had my "Geocacher Birthday", I celebrated one year of geocaching (I even held a cointest for that) so I thought this might have been for that special "Birthday". I posted about it in the Geocoin Secret Agent thread.

 

I haven't received any other Birthday package until now, so now I start to think that this package might have been my Birthday Mission :D

 

No matter if this was my Birthday mission or not, thanks again for that little package with some great coins inside!

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Life has been extremely trying for us recently. As anyone who has been around for a while knows, we (well, *I*) do a lot of posting in the forums, but I haven't had much time for it, recently. Be that as it may, I finally got our Mission taken care of. I had plenty of time to do it, and (as is my wont) I procrastinated until Life got in the way :)

 

I do have a concern. In looking over some of the recent posts, I'm seeing some incredible packages being sent and received, with stuff worth far more than two geocoins. I found myself in a really nasty spot; should I try to do the same, even though that is *not* what we signed up for (and for which we aren't quite as able to afford as we were a year ago), or should I just send what the "original contract" called for, and maybe add a personal GC, and hope that the recipients understand? I had to go with the latter option, and I hope it is OK. As nice as it is to send (and receive!) extra stuff, it can put a burden on the rest of us that we might not be able to handle. I can see adding a bag of candy, perhaps, but spending twenty bucks on other stuff, plus the postage, might be raising the bar for the rest of us higher than we can jump. I post this just so folks can get a different perspective on things.

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@chaosmanor

to me that is not the idea of this cointest. the coins plus a nice birthdaycard is much more appreciated than a lot of stuff. that somebody you don't really know wishes you all the best for your birthday. that's what really counts ^^

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Life has been extremely trying for us recently. As anyone who has been around for a while knows, we (well, *I*) do a lot of posting in the forums, but I haven't had much time for it, recently. Be that as it may, I finally got our Mission taken care of. I had plenty of time to do it, and (as is my wont) I procrastinated until Life got in the way :laughing:

 

I do have a concern. In looking over some of the recent posts, I'm seeing some incredible packages being sent and received, with stuff worth far more than two geocoins. I found myself in a really nasty spot; should I try to do the same, even though that is *not* what we signed up for (and for which we aren't quite as able to afford as we were a year ago), or should I just send what the "original contract" called for, and maybe add a personal GC, and hope that the recipients understand? I had to go with the latter option, and I hope it is OK. As nice as it is to send (and receive!) extra stuff, it can put a burden on the rest of us that we might not be able to handle. I can see adding a bag of candy, perhaps, but spending twenty bucks on other stuff, plus the postage, might be raising the bar for the rest of us higher than we can jump. I post this just so folks can get a different perspective on things.

For me it would me more important that what you send is looking like a birthday package. Add a birthday card, wrap each coin in gift paper, and you have a nice birthday mission.

 

Maybe you can find something inexpensive to add, a sticker, something from the dollar store (I don't have much money too and went there too and found lots of cheap stuff there that is great for that purpose, like emergency blankets, little flashlights, fridge magnets, stickers) and for 2 or 3 bucks extra you can make a really great birthday mission.

 

You really don't need to spend 20 bucks, I guess nobody is expecting such a mission. Use your imagination, and if you do a little bit more than just putting 2 coins in a plain, empty mailer I guess everything is welcome!

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I've been the recipient of missions that someone barely put any effort in to and over the top missions, and whereas the over the top missions are really cool and the barely effort missions kind of almost hurt your feelings, the nicest missions I received were missions where someone at least demonstrated that they had taken 20 minutes to "get to know" me a little bit before just dropping a random coin into the bubble mailer and into the mail!

 

A mission doesn't have to cost an arm, leg, and firstborn to send. A little consideration goes a long way, though, like Steinwälzer said! Wrap the coins, toss in a bit of confetti, a cute card, and a couple of cute little local things like magnets, candy, postcards, etc, and you're good to go!

 

Now, having said that... Degai, you're welcome to send me another mission any time you want! She went WAY over and beyond with her reverse souvenir mission to me and it was THE most incredible mission I've ever received, hehehe!

 

Don't let some of the huge missions here put ya off, though. Some folks just really like and have the ability to go over the top. Others like me barely can afford to participate, but give it our best shots anyway, because we enjoy sharing with others. Do the best you can. Put a little heart into it and take a few minutes to try to get to 'know' the person you're sending to a little bit - either by looking at their profile and what kind of caches they like to hit and what coins they already own, or by going to their trading list, or even by reading some of their forum posts. You can learn a lot about a person from doing those little things!

 

Good luck and enjoy!

 

Naomi :o

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I've been the recipient of missions that someone barely put any effort in to and over the top missions, and whereas the over the top missions are really cool and the barely effort missions kind of almost hurt your feelings, the nicest missions I received were missions where someone at least demonstrated that they had taken 20 minutes to "get to know" me a little bit before just dropping a random coin into the bubble mailer and into the mail!....................

 

Naomi :)

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As an older member of the forums, I would like to respond that with age, sometimes comes experience and maybe a little wisdom.

 

With age, you know that NOT everyone is the same.

For some, it may be their first mission, and they have not understood the "unspoken & unwritten rules" that others assume.

For some, it may be that they have been sick, had an accident, or some other problem. And they have wanted to still complete the mission - hence the minimum geocoins with no fuss.

There is also mental illness, life's hetic pace, geocaching addiction, and other pressures.

 

And then there is the reverse.

A pictorial record on the forums of the OTT missions. Which sets up expectations and standards beyond the original intent.

 

If your feelings are hurt because you got exactly what the mission stated ie. "Two geocoins", then the hurt feelings are yours. The problem is yours, because you have set your expectations high.

 

Enough said - Let's get on enjoying what life gifts us, and take pleasure in the simple things.

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Sweet! I got my mission package ;)

Unfortunately for me, I'm not home and won't be until October 27th :D

But someone at home opened it for me :mad::o Great coins and gifts, usyoopers! Thanks so much. I got a coin from my seeking list and another I'd wanted but not listed yet. How cool is that?! :D

 

I can't wait to get home and try the bear droppings... :):mad:

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I've been the recipient of missions that someone barely put any effort in to and over the top missions, and whereas the over the top missions are really cool and the barely effort missions kind of almost hurt your feelings, the nicest missions I received were missions where someone at least demonstrated that they had taken 20 minutes to "get to know" me a little bit before just dropping a random coin into the bubble mailer and into the mail!

 

A mission doesn't have to cost an arm, leg, and firstborn to send. A little consideration goes a long way, though, like Steinwälzer said! Wrap the coins, toss in a bit of confetti, a cute card, and a couple of cute little local things like magnets, candy, postcards, etc, and you're good to go!

 

Now, having said that... Degai, you're welcome to send me another mission any time you want! She went WAY over and beyond with her reverse souvenir mission to me and it was THE most incredible mission I've ever received, hehehe!

 

Don't let some of the huge missions here put ya off, though. Some folks just really like and have the ability to go over the top. Others like me barely can afford to participate, but give it our best shots anyway, because we enjoy sharing with others. Do the best you can. Put a little heart into it and take a few minutes to try to get to 'know' the person you're sending to a little bit - either by looking at their profile and what kind of caches they like to hit and what coins they already own, or by going to their trading list, or even by reading some of their forum posts. You can learn a lot about a person from doing those little things!

 

Good luck and enjoy!

 

Naomi :o

 

I love putting together missions to send out! What I don't love is sending out more than one mission to the same person for the same mission because they never recieve the first package... or the second... You have to draw the line somewhere. I've sent missions with the minimum number of coins and packages with quite a bit more. Normally they have quite a bit more. I look at seeking lists and forum posts. I check out the persons' profile. I've made trades to get coins for a person's seeking list. I've bought coins for missions. After putting forth the effort to put together a good package, I don't know if it is more disappointing for me or the person who was supposed to be getting a package! Even worse, putting forth so much effort only to get your own package and it is the minimum number AND coins you already have and have listed on your keepers list! That is hurtful. It is as if some coins were just flung in a mailer and sent out.

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As an older member of the forums, I would like to respond that with age, sometimes comes experience and maybe a little wisdom.

 

With age, you know that NOT everyone is the same.

For some, it may be their first mission, and they have not understood the "unspoken & unwritten rules" that others assume.

For some, it may be that they have been sick, had an accident, or some other problem. And they have wanted to still complete the mission - hence the minimum geocoins with no fuss.

There is also mental illness, life's hetic pace, geocaching addiction, and other pressures.

 

And then there is the reverse.

A pictorial record on the forums of the OTT missions. Which sets up expectations and standards beyond the original intent.

 

If your feelings are hurt because you got exactly what the mission stated ie. "Two geocoins", then the hurt feelings are yours. The problem is yours, because you have set your expectations high.

 

Enough said - Let's get on enjoying what life gifts us, and take pleasure in the simple things.

 

I love putting together missions to send out! What I don't love is sending out more than one mission to the same person for the same mission because they never recieve the first package... or the second... You have to draw the line somewhere. I've sent missions with the minimum number of coins and packages with quite a bit more. Normally they have quite a bit more. I look at seeking lists and forum posts. I check out the persons' profile. I've made trades to get coins for a person's seeking list. I've bought coins for missions. After putting forth the effort to put together a good package, I don't know if it is more disappointing for me or the person who was supposed to be getting a package! Even worse, putting forth so much effort only to get your own package and it is the minimum number AND coins you already have and have listed on your keepers list! That is hurtful. It is as if some coins were just flung in a mailer and sent out.

 

I hope that neither of you thought I was complaining.

 

I was just pointing out experiences, not complaining!

 

Zazth, I can completely understand where you're coming from with sending out multiples and both coming up missing. Have you contacted the recipient to verify the address or let them know what it was that happened?

 

I guess since two people quoted my last post that it must have come across wrong. My apologies if anyone thought I was complaining, I really wasn't!

 

Personally, receiving the package is nice, but I really just enjoy hearing from other folks :)

 

Naomi

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Did anyone already receive their mission for the last quarter?

 

Mine arrived in August, and the one I sent for Sept has made it, but as yet is unopened (birthday 23rd, but reciepent is away from home)

 

So answer is a double YES.

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I have received mine for birthday sept 19, but we are waiting for fiabus un-birthday sept 26. (Don´t think it has arrived).

We have sent out two missions, both received.

 

grodan Karin

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Sorry, I think I was unclear. I wanted to ask whether anyone who signed up for the last quarter received his mission - someone's name to send a birthday present. I signed up but didn't get any name.

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DBSO Monkey's birthday mission hasn't been received either. Tasia was going to try to get an update but we haven't heard anything. I too have a feeling that the package wasn't shipped and likely won't be. It's a shame that some people sign up and then don't follow through on their end of the deal. I'm currently debating on if I should drop our second mission for Q4 and just moving on to something else. :ph34r:

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DBSO Monkey's birthday mission hasn't been received either. Tasia was going to try to get an update but we haven't heard anything. I too have a feeling that the package wasn't shipped and likely won't be. It's a shame that some people sign up and then don't follow through on their end of the deal. I'm currently debating on if I should drop our second mission for Q4 and just moving on to something else. :unsure:

Ditto. see my post #422... :ph34r:

 

CF30

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DBSO Monkey's birthday mission hasn't been received either. Tasia was going to try to get an update but we haven't heard anything. I too have a feeling that the package wasn't shipped and likely won't be. It's a shame that some people sign up and then don't follow through on their end of the deal. I'm currently debating on if I should drop our second mission for Q4 and just moving on to something else. :unsure:

Ditto. see my post #422... :ph34r:

 

CF30

 

probably won´t sign up for any other missions anymore either...

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I signed up for the last quarter, but have not received any mission info. Maybe ~tasia~ is too busy right now for this. Are we bowing out? I didn't go into another current mission as I anticipated two here :ph34r:

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My mission arrived today for my birthday tomorrow, will open it then. I have been very remiss this summer and am overdue on sending mine out, will get it off tomorrow though it has a long journey.

 

Is it too late to sign up for the final quarter of the year? I have three children born in December very keen to take part. If I'm too late for it, maybe there are three people who would like gifts from my girls? I don't mind about the anonymous bit and they are guaranteed to send on time being much better organised than me!

 

Ness.

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Just looked back and I see I am too late for this coming quarter. If anyone would like to swap gifts with one of my three girls I'd be very grateful!

 

I'll do something!

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Just looked back and I see I am too late for this coming quarter. If anyone would like to swap gifts with one of my three girls I'd be very grateful!

 

I'll happily take part :(

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Ah, thanks to Butterfly Lady and Kernow Cachers, I will be in touch!

 

Opened my gift today and really felt undeserving! I had lots of little boxes of sweeties, some yummy looking chocolate and some lollies. A dragon ornament and pendant, little car, teddy, other little bits and bobs and some really lovely coins: obviously carefully picked for me I received a dragon one and a lovely butterfly that opens up. Also a geogem, I don't think there's been one of those round these parts before so I'm sure local cachers will like to see that. The coins are really lovely and I am sorely tempted to keep hld of them, but I promised myself I would let them travelk so I will.

I also received a tiny little Dutch shoe, Lorca NL's sig item - very spooky because today, for the first time in my whole life, I actually saw a person walking around in a pair of those wooden shoes!

Thankyou very much for my lovely present, I've had a great day and your gift to me was the icing on the cake Lorca!

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Ah, thanks to Butterfly Lady and Kernow Cachers, I will be in touch!

 

Opened my gift today and really felt undeserving! I had lots of little boxes of sweeties, some yummy looking chocolate and some lollies. A dragon ornament and pendant, little car, teddy, other little bits and bobs and some really lovely coins: obviously carefully picked for me I received a dragon one and a lovely butterfly that opens up. Also a geogem, I don't think there's been one of those round these parts before so I'm sure local cachers will like to see that. The coins are really lovely and I am sorely tempted to keep hld of them, but I promised myself I would let them travelk so I will.

I also received a tiny little Dutch shoe, Lorca NL's sig item - very spooky because today, for the first time in my whole life, I actually saw a person walking around in a pair of those wooden shoes!

Thankyou very much for my lovely present, I've had a great day and your gift to me was the icing on the cake Lorca!

 

Your welcom and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU :P

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.........

some really lovely coins: obviously carefully picked for me I received a dragon one and a lovely butterfly that opens up. Also a geogem .....

 

Do show us a photo - what colour gem & butterfly - there are several out there!

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