Some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.
However other mornings, small things happen which quite restore your faith in human nature.
I have just such a tale for you.
This is NOT displacement activity.
It is a heartwarming story of generosity and altruism, rare in our dog-eat-dog society.
As you know, I make miniature toys and dolls.
Really little wee things, designed to be 'played with' by doll's house children....... so roughly 1:24 scale.
I'm always on the lookout for ways to display them, especially when we exhibit at specialist fairs, so I recently had a 'Eureka' moment after finishing off a box of Green & Black's Miniature Bar Collection. The empty base, with its six individual compartments is just perfect to display my little toy dolls.
However, much as I love Green & Black's chocolate, the thought of munching my way through several boxes forced me to think of my burgeoning waistline, not to mention my shrinking bank balance, if I had to buy a number of boxes.
My first port of call was the wondrous Freecycle, where I posted a 'Wanted' request for any empty Green & Black's boxes in that specific size.
An odd request I'll grant you, but I've seen odder.
Within just a few hours I had a reply from a lovely chap in Hastings who currently has a full box and will keep it for me to collect when he's eaten all the chocolate.
What a star!
However I was still several boxes short, so I visited the Green & Black's website, and emailed their customer service department with my request for any empty boxes, more in hope than expectation.
A few days later I had a reply, saying that they had two empty boxes in the office and would post them out to me.
This morning, a cardboard box arrived, containing the aforementioned empty boxes, plus a lovely personal letter and an additional surprise treat...........
I was extremely grateful and really quite touched, that even in these straightened times, a 'big' business would take the time and effort to fulfil an odd (and rather cheeky!) request, and do so with such style and panache.
Bravo Green & Black's!