A Bodleian picture a day for Advent

Bodleian Library, Oxford

I ordered this Bodleian Advent calendar the other day – it features an image of famous Oxford works in the Bodeleian library, dotted with 24 small doors, which open to show famous paintings from the library. It will be placed next to my eagerly awaited Whisky Advent Calendar, which has not yet arrived.

This morning I received a massive, padded envelope labelled ‘Documents Enclosed’, with a shipping slip in plastic attached to the front. I thought maybe I’d gotten x-rays taken and forgotten about them. Or finished a university degree in my sleep and the diploma was arriving in the mail. What I’m saying is, I didn’t remember any recent activity that would have generated the mailing of Documents in such a  fine and official envelope.

So I gingerly opened the envelope, and found: My Bodleian calendar. No note, no further documents, just the mailable calendar, along with its own mailing envelope. Huh. Those Oxford folk really do things up right! Also, thanks for the super envelope, which is lovely, reusable, and probably more expensive than the calendar itself.

(If you want your own, I can’t promise you’ll get the beautiful mailing package, but the shop is http://www.bodleianshop.co.uk/christmas/gifts-and-stationery/christmas-bookshelf-advent-calendar-new-for-2012.html)

Now I’m disappointed that the card, its envelope and the shipping envelope didn’t come gift-wrapped in a box, inside a bigger box.

Three words together: Whisky. Advent. Calendar.

I often think and rethink purchases, especially around the holidays.

This one, however, will not be reconsidered for even a heartbeat. Saw it, bought it.

My usual whiskies, the two top faves on my whisky shelf, are, in order of preference:

1. The Balvenie Doublewood 12 year – a clean, tangy Speyside single malt

2. Lagavulin 16 year – a peaty Islay single malt

Each drunk neat, natch. No water, no ice, please, just give it to me straight.

But I am open to persuasion. And along comes this tasty box of delights to discover. Look at those red waxed heads!

December is looking warm, smoky and full of amber fire.

Found this at http://www.firebox.com/product/5654/Whisky-Advent-Calendar?id=13732

Update: I just ordered this. I will be keeping a log here throughout December of the 24 whiskies!

And on a side note, there is also one for Gin, if you like that sort of thing.