16. December 2011 · 16 comments · Categories: Events · Tags:

This was my first year participating in the Persephone Secret Santa event and it was a blast. My Santa was extraordinarily generous and sent me some splendid gifts that I am thrilled about.

Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple was my Persephone book and it is just what I wanted. I can’t wait to start reading it! She also sent a gorgeous Christmas tree ornament and a scrumptious box of Ferrero Rocher (which is already gone, by the way).

And look at these glitter greetings! They are nifty postcards of vintage London with glitter embellishments. I love the card pictured on the case of Queen Elizabeth in all her glory.

AND she also sent Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman and a beautiful bookmark featuring ‘Reading on the Rocks’ by John George Brown. I am so excited to read the literary essays in Ex Libris and the bookmark is just lovely.

Isn’t everything wonderful?

Who was the amazing giver of this bounty? Danielle from A Work in Progress! Thanks so much, Danielle! I feel fortunate to have received so many fantastic gifts.

Thanks also to Claire and Verity for hosting and organizing the entire event. I hope to participate again next year!


  1. Wow, lucky you! Danielle really spoit you didn’t she?

    I want to read Greenbanks too after seeing a wonderful review of it on Iris’s blog recently. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your review 🙂

  2. It’s lovely seeing these Secret Santa posts popping up, and now I wish I’d signed up 😀

  3. What a wonderful gift. Greenbanks is utterly lovely and, as it begins at Christmas, very appropriate.

  4. Ooh, pretty!! I think I’ll have to buy my own copy after all the raves about Greenbanks!

  5. Haha, I ate my chocolates before the posting day too… I also got Greenbanks – lovely!

  6. How lovely is Danielle?! Even if you get no more gifts you’re having a great time this Christmas. I’m looking forward to reading what you think about Greenbanks. Ferrero Rocher – gone! Too naughty!

  7. You are most welcome–can you tell I like to shop (especially for bookish items?!). I love the photos–I’m not sure how you make them look sort of atmospheric, but it shows the ribbons and paper and everything off nicely. I loved Greenbanks when I read it and plan on getting a copy myself eventually. I’m so glad you liked the things I chose. I had a great time with this exchange as well and Love my gifts, too! Have a really wonderful holiday and I hope you get in lots of reading time! I look forward to hearing what you think of Greenbanks!

  8. lovely gift ,I visit there shop earlier this year for first time ,all the best stu

  9. How lovely! Can I sign up now for next year ?!

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