I can't say I got everything on my list though seeing everyone was gift enough...or it would have been had I not gotten much of my list. In the end, almost half of the list had been crossed out and I was lucky to receive some great gifts that weren't on my list initially. Here's how it turned out.
I almost got two Horihori knives but one of the gifters ended up purchasing a Hori naku knife which isn't very similar but an interesting tool nonetheless. I'll try it out this spring and see how it is. Unfortunately, I never even got a Horihori though I was given a gift card to help pay for one so I can get one next spring when I get to a Lee Valley.
The second gift on my list was a dibble though I didn't end up with one of these ex extremely pointless tools either as they are not easily found.Shortly after being laughed at by the staff of a local garden center however (all good friends of mine) they agreed to order some in so I could begin my collection. They didn't understand my persistence in wanting this useless tool though in the end agreed they would make good decor pieces.
A book on botanical names is one thing I was able to cross off my list, the book, A Gardener's Handbook of Plant Names; Their Meanings and Origins by A. W. Smith accompanied the gift card for the Horihori knife and is exactly what I was looking for. Each of the crazy and seemingly random botanical names actually has a special meaning that has to do with either the individual who discovered the plant or a special characteristic of it and now I can study these names to my hearts content.
The Green Gardeners Guide is another gift that I'll have to pick up sometime this year as it still remains on my list of books to buy and read. However, my mother did get me a book from Margaret Roach, not the Backyard Parables (which she had gotten me as a birthday gift a few months earlier) but a book published earlier named And I Shall Have Some Peace There, it has been quite a joy to read and has promoted the addition of "read more" to my 2014 New Years resolutions list.
The drill was the second and final gift that was crossed off my list and I am very excited to now have one of my own and not have to borrow one from my father each time I begin a construction project or repair a fallen arbor or broken bench.
I did of course receive a few gifts that weren't on my list, a tripod which only a few days before was something I realized I needed ended up wrapped and under tree once I began making videos for Garden Connect and other projects. My first attempt at filming ended with the camera falling and alarmingly hitting a concrete floor. Luckily it still functions though as you can see, it has caused some quality issues in the videos. With my new tripod however, this unfortunate event will (hopefully) never happen again.
A pair of secateurs is another gift that made it into my hands during one of our many family get-togethers. While I have many pairs already it is a welcome gift...though I'm not sure I'll need any more.
It was a much needed break and has allowed for new enthusiasm to develop in anticipation of the New Year. Along with these New Years resolutions, I have many other plans for the New Year and I cannot wait to see what's in store. Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll have used all of these gifts and have mastered the art of video making. What about you? What did you get for Christmas? Anything you're excited about...or maybe not so, share it with me in the comments!!
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