Last year I Blogged about my collection of Hippos and how it all began with an ornament given to my mother.
When I thought about celebrating my birthday, I decided I'd use it to raise some funds for a local hospital. I didn't expect presents, but I let my friends know that if they felt the need to spend some money, then a donation would be a wonderful gift.
Money has been raised, but my friends still managed to spare more for some lovely and very generous gifts. But isn't it telling that the one that touched me the most was another Hippo?
This little fella appeared on our first night in Studland. He wasn't wrapped, some gifts don't need to be.
But now he sits proudly in my kitchen. A gift to treasure for ever.