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donna hay - - THINGS I LOVE -

I have been told on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions that buy­ing a gift for me be­yond flow­ers or a bot­tle of bub­bles is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult (and I have to ad­mit they’re right). But some­times you get the most un­usual-yet-per­fect gift and it very quickly be­comes one of your all-time sentimental favourites. Last Christ­mas I was given this Leather­man by my boat skip­per Aaron – he had it en­graved with my name and the Syd­ney to Hobart off­shore sail­ing race that we were about to em­bark on the next day. I wouldn’t usu­ally con­sider my­self a Leather­man kind of girl, but from the start to the fin­ish of the race, my Leather­man and I were in­sep­a­ra­ble. Tucked away in the pocket of my (very se­ri­ous) off­shore wet weather jacket, it be­came a com­fort­ing weight. I hadn’t raced off­shore be­fore and didn’t re­ally know what lay ahead of me, but even though I didn’t get the chance to use it, I felt ab­so­lutely pre­pared for any­thing. It now lives in ‘that’ draw in my kitchen. It’s the most per­fect ‘I’m-Pre­pared-For-Any­thing’ present – I may even start tak­ing it to meet­ings and the film­ing of the new se­ries, so come what may, I’m all set!

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